How To Keep Your Yard In Superb Condition

Keeping your lawn and garden fabulous all the time will help improve the overall look of your home. In addition, it will help keep neighbor disputes to nothing and will keep code enforcement agencies happy. If you have left your garden and yard unattended for quite some time, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be done. But, if you know what needs to be done each season, it will be easier for you to manage your lawn, your yard, and your garden.

Lawns

Your lawn would be the first thing that your neighbors, and every passerby, will notice the moment they pass by your house. In spring, grasses will grow fast. Seeing tall grasses on your lawn will tempt you to cut them very short in the hope of mowing your lawn less often. However, this should not be practiced. Keeping the blade of your mow high will keep the grass of your lawn healthy. It will also avoid the grass from being stressed. Fertilize your lawn when needed. In summer, you don’t have to mow your lawn under the scorching heat of the sun. To keep your grass green, you can provide them an inch of water the entire summer. When weeds appear in spring and in summer, pull them away. When the leaves are starting to fall, make sure that you rake them as soon as you can. Reseed the lawn if you see empty spaces or patches. In winter, you only need to mow when the grass is becoming too unsightly.

Trees

Trees can be very useful in any landscape. They are able to provide shade and beauty. But, if your trees are not well-maintained, they can become a nuisance and a danger, not just to you but also your neighbors. To keep them well-maintained, make sure that they are trimmed and pruned in the spring. Pruning should also be done after the trees have flowered. This can be in spring or summer. Spring would also be the best time of year to mulch the surroundings of the trees. Mulching will avoid the growth of weeds. In the summer, make sure that you keep an eye out for insect infestations. If you see any disease or infestation on your trees, make sure that you contact your local arborist. In the fall season, rake the leaves as they fall.

Shrubs and Vines

Shrubs and vines have the ability to give your home a soft tone. However, they should be maintained well to avoid having a messy look in your yard. Maintaining them in the spring only takes an application of balanced fertilizer and adding up to 3 inches of mulch around. At this time of the year, it is also best to give them a light or heavy pruning to keep them from growing too much. In the summer, water your vines according to what they need. Shrubs should be watered once a week in the summer season. If you are growing a clematis vine, you should trim them to the ground in the fall season. On the other hand, overgrown branches and dead branches of honeysuckle are to be removed in this season.

Flowers

Flowers will definitely add color to your home and landscape. In the spring, perennials can be planted around your house or in your garden, while annuals can only be planted in spring. Some flowers are tolerant of drought. Others, not so much. Flowers should be watered accordingly, especially when they are in their growing stage. Fertilizing them as soon as you plant them will be very beneficial to your plants. You may re-fertilize your flowers the moment buds begin to show. Fertilizing should also be done once in their flowering stage. When their flowers are at its peak and are starting to die, start plucking them. Doing so will keep your flowers look tidy. When your perennials are starting to wither, you can cut them to the ground. Annuals can be pulled out once they start to fade. Mulching the bed of your perennial plants in the winter will keep their roots healthy.