The Best Ways to Keep Your Yard in Great Shape

Although the very idea of what an “ideal” lawn is are evolving, most homeowners want to keep their yards as attractive as possible. Achieving that goal takes work, but the results always depend on following some simple suggestions.

Here are a few ways to keep yards in great shape.

Trim Trees and Remove any Dead Trees or Branches

Many trees benefit from pruning early in the spring, especially fruiting varieties. Dead branches should be trimmed, and take care of removing diseased or dead trees. Contact certified tree arborists for assistance with pruning and tree removal.  

Clean Up Old Growth

Removing old, dead plants is an essential first step in enjoying a beautiful yard throughout the growing season. While some people still believe in thoroughly removing all old growth in the fall, many experts contend doing so isn’t always the best idea.

Countless insects and animals rely on old leaves and plant growth for food and shelter during colder months. Leaving thick, dense layers of leaves isn’t recommended, but don’t worry about leaving some yard waste in place during the winter.

In the spring, take the time to complete the yard cleanup. Remove the remaining leaves, lawn thatch, and other old growth. Take care of spring pruning to help plants grow healthier during the summer growing season.

However, pay attention to local conditions, and don’t take on those chores too early.

Remove Noxious Weeds

While wildflower yards are increasingly common, that doesn’t mean noxious weeds should be left to thrive. Remove them as soon as they’re identified. If they’re not dealt with promptly, weeds multiply and prove troublesome throughout the summer.

If weeds are a major issue, now is the time to look at weed control applications. Many organic weed killers are now readily available. Read application directions carefully to avoid damaging beneficial growth.

Use Care When Mowing

Most lawn experts agree that property owners must use care when mowing to avoid damaging their grass. That starts with making sure the mower blades are sharp and straight. If there is any indication a blade is damaged or it’s been sharpened many times, now is the time to install new ones.

The first mowing of the year should be shorter than normal to let in light and encourage new growth. During hot weather, the minimum length should be about two inches. In the fall, a slightly shorter length is recommended.

Watch for any issues that indicate the blade is dull and sharpen it as needed.

Use Caution When Watering

Many property owners are gradually converting to yards that require little water, but there are times when plantings will need supplemental water to thrive. That means owners must take steps to ensure they don’t over or underwater grass, garden areas, or trees during the year.

Determining how much water is needed for different plant life is crucial and may take a little research. If you’re unsure about how and when to water, discuss the issue with gardening experts and arborists who are familiar with your area’s requirements.

Take Preemptive Action to Avoid Major Issues

Whether trees, gardens, or the lawn require care, take steps quickly to avoid major problems. Calling an arborist for help when a few leaves start to show stress is always recommended, as quick action may save a tree.

A small bare spot in the lawn is easy to deal with, but major patches are harder and more time-consuming to handle.

Always Contact Experts for Advice

Regardless of the issue, contact an expert when problems arise in a yard. Doing so will save major headaches and ensure issues don’t get worse. Always remember that an attractive yard doesn’t happen by accident—it requires work.