How To Get The Best Lawn In Your Neighborhood

No one wants to have the roughest looking lawn in the neighborhood, but a healthy and great looking lawn isn’t just luck! Here’s how to care for it!


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Your lawn is a living thing that requires careful maintenance through the entire year. It is possible with regular help to have a lush, full and green looking lawn. With the right feeding, watering and fertilizing schedule you can get the best looking lawn on your block.

The more effort and care that you put into your lawn, the better it will look. There are many solutions today that are healthy for your lawn and the environment to keep your lawn looking great and weed-free. A great lawn not only feels and looks great but it can actually improve your home’s curb appeal.

We are going to take a look at some of the basics of lawn care, from the best time to reseed to what the best mowing height adjustments are for each season.

Weed Care

If weeds get rooted in your lawn they can spread quickly and be a tough problem to tackle. Making a preemptive strike in the early spring to kill any seeds that have lasted through the winter is a great step. Close monitoring of your lawn will help you spot potential problems. For the tough weeds like Dandelion or Broadleaf you can also use a herbicide in the fall to prevent any seeds from taking hold before the frost. If you are just seeing a few plants here and there you can remove them by hand, making sure to pull the whole root out.

Mowing & Watering

The spring is a time of accelerated growth for your lawn. You can safely cut your lawn every 5-6 days. During the spring it is a good idea to only cut down about ⅓ of the blade to allow your young grass to fill out properly.

The summer heat can be brutal for your grass. Don’t cut it down too much or too often as it can get burnt and die from the sun’s heat. Weekly watering in the early morning hours can be enough for your summer lawn if you have had regular precipitation.

For the last cut of the season in the fall you should keep the length a bit shorter. Leaving it too long in the fall with thatch it can attract pests to nest there for the winter. Regular mowing and fertilizing in the fall can help protect your lawn through the harsh winter.

When you are mowing it is important to make sure that the blades of your lawnmower are sharp. You want a clean cut across your blades to encourage healthy regrowth. You should also change your mowing directional pattern each time that you mow.

Fertilize & Seed

The spring and fall are the prime times for seeding and fertilizing your lawn. Fall “overseeding” can be done to increase the chances of surviving growth through the winter. This will thicken up your lawn to a luxurious carpet in the spring when the weather is wetter and the growth is accelerated.

Fertilizer is a vital part of a healthy and beautiful lawn. Your grass needs the proper levels of nutrients and minerals as any other living thing. Using a fast-release nitrogen rich fertilizer in the spring can stimulate new growth and strengthen your lawn. In the fall, you will want to switch to a slow-release formula that will guard your lawn and seeds through the months of cold.

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8 Tips for Giving Your Outdoor Garden a Rustic Makeover

Everyone has a preferred style, and not everyone enjoys the prim and proper look of a garden. A rustic garden looks wonderful with older style homes, setting off specific characteristics!

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A rustic garden blends together beauty and messiness, flowing naturally, rather than taking a trimmed, maintained look. For many people, this wild-type of gardening fits their personality and tastes.

Don’t confuse a rustic garden with an unkempt one. Gardeners who pick a rustic garden do so purposefully. The foliage might look messy, but it is done so with purpose. Rustic gardens appeal to those who want low maintenance, and those who might want to complement their historic home. A century ago, a clean-lined garden would’ve been a rarity.

If this style of gardening appeals to you, here are some tips for creating a rustic garden.

Allow Overgrown Plants

Remember that your rustic garden should be low maintenance, with a controlled carelessness. Overgrown plants help you achieve the look you want. For best results, you want some fast-growing plants. Try to integrate colorful flowers and small trees. You can even use planters to get the look you want.

Look into native plants for your area. Try adding herbs as well in between tall grasses. Herbs such as chamomile and echinacea look lovely wherever you plant them.

Add Some Furniture

You should want to relax in your rustic garden and adding furniture is an important part. You can’t relax outside without somewhere to sit and enjoy yourself. Add some furniture with colorful pillows to create a relaxed look. Don’t force the design aspect too much.

Using refurbished wood in tables and chairs is a trademark of the rustic style and should be used as a staple material in the garden. You can pick them up cheap at flea markets or used shops. All you have to do is add a few layers of new paint! A local craftsman would be able to create you the benches or table of your dream. Mix and match the style of chairs.

Repurpose for Decor

Don’t run to the nearest home improvement store for new decor. Salvaged materials make the best decor. A thrown-together shed has a purpose and acts a decoration. It’s a great time to use up your spare materials laying around! Pallets are typically free; there is so much you can do with a few pallets!

Pallets can be made into benches, vertical gardens, vegetable gardens, tables, and more. If you do decide to use a pallet as a planter, be sure that it wasn’t treated with harmful chemicals.

You can use old steel pots as planters. You can grow plants in almost any type of container, even old boots! Don’t limit your creativity and ideas. Other options for planters include tin cans, zinc buckets, stone sinks, animal troughs, and wooden crates. You just have to make sure you can make drainage holes at the bottom.

An old ladder can act as a plant stand. You can paint it or leave it untreated! Ladders are actually great for plants because it helps to increase the air circulation around each one. Flea markets tend to have plenty of old, wooden ladders.

Plant Creepers

Creepers are a quintessential part of a rustic garden. They blend in well because of their long stems. Creepers can grow over arches, posts, and up the side of your house. Many of them have lovely, scented flowers. Orange blossom and jasmine are two creepers with a wonderful fragrance. You can train plants, such as ivy, to grow along fences. It gives the rustic, cottage-style look that you desire as if you’ve lived there for decades.

A Deck Adds Interest

A deck is a rustic element that helps to expand the living space in your garden. It gives you a location for your planters, as well as giving you a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Entertaining your guests on your deck will become your new go-to activity each weekend.

Use a wood with a raw finish, one that uses timber to match the design of your rustic garden. You want the deck to blend in with other areas.

Non-Concrete Walkways

Instead of using a classic, concrete walkway or sidewalk, try making a walkway with gravel or stones. You can lay pieces of pallets with pebbles in between for a rustic look. Try adding bricks in a different pattern for a sidewalk as well. Place pavers with spaces between them, allowing grass to grow up between them for a relaxed look.

Build a Country-Style Fence

Building a rustic, hardwood fence can last for years and add that old-style charm that you desire. Wooden stakes can be placed in a line, attached with twisted wire or nailed to a horizontal bar. Pallets can be used to create a rustic-style fence around your garden!

Encourage Visiting Wildlife

You want local wildlife to stop and visit your garden. That’s part of the beauty of a rustic garden! Try installing a few birdhouse and birdbaths. Make sure you place bird feeders throughout your property as well. You can add an insect hotel to encourage beneficial ones. You can plant milkweed to attract monarch butterflies.

A rustic garden makes your house look like you’ve lived there for decades. You can imagine placing a rocking chair on a deck, overlooking your garden, where the birds play and butterflies dance. With these tips, your rustic makeover will be a success.

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