Your yard is an outward expression of who you are. An empty yard with dead grass and no flowers may indicate a person who is too busy or never at home. However, if a yard looks like there’s not even a blade of grass out of place, the owner may be a bit of a perfectionist—or just have too much time on their hands.
Whichever category you happen to fall into, these tips will help you make it through the season with a lawn you’ll be proud to call your own. Even if you’re contemplating a massive dig project, having your yard in tip-top shape will make it that much easier to rebound afterward.
Use fertilizer with weed control.
Some people call this the weed and feed method. You’re killing the weeds while feeding the grass. This means with one pass, you’ve successfully fed the grass to help it green up faster and last longer, while simultaneously removing pesky weeds that impede growth and hog water. Simply apply the fertilizer and water it in, and you’re done.
Mow in a pattern.
Mowing is not like vacuuming carpet. Use a precise pattern. You don’t have to make your yard look like the Rangers’ outfield, but the pattern prevents you from missing spots. However, you should find two to three patterns that work well in your yard and alternate between them. Using the same pattern over and over will begin to put tracks in your yard, and not in a good way.
Coordinate your flowers.
You don’t have to have a green thumb to have nice flowerbeds. Choose resilient flowers such as pansies, daisies and petunias. Intermix different greenery and plants throughout the beds. Use taller flowers such as elephant ears, caladiums and ferns at the back of the flowerbeds with blooming flowers in front. Alternate the colors of the flowers in diagonal rows for added effect.
Set up for entertainment.
Chances are, if you’re putting some effort in your yard, you’ll want someone to take notice at some point. If you’re hosting a party or barbecue, invest in a patio set for guests to sit comfortably outside. Purchasing a set is more cost-efficient than purchasing chairs and a table separately, plus, it’s already coordinated. Choose sets with chairs that can be easily repainted and fabric cushions that are washable. For shade, you can choose to use a gazebo, canopy or shade sails.
Planters are an effective way to incorporate color throughout your yard and add dimension. By placing color on different levels, you are drawing the eye to multiple points of interest. Container plants can be functional as well as beautiful. You may choose to place planters with herbs that you regularly use in the kitchen.
Remember to call Texas811 if your landscaping efforts require digging beyond the surface level. Otherwise, you’re free to till, hoe, plant and sow to your heart’s content.