If you are looking to improve the exterior of your home, landscaping is the most common way to do it, leaving your home beautiful and green. For people who enjoy outdoor DIY projects, this can be a great way to give your home a personal touch, and for others, you can hire a landscaper. Either way, improving the curb appeal of your home doesn’t have to seem like rocket science. To get you started, here are some tips.
Irrigate only when necessary
Most of the water suppliers have raised concerns about lawn irrigation. Whether it’s commercial properties, sports fields or residential landscaping, the demand for water has increased. Whereas only about 3% water on earth is soft, it is essential to use it responsibly.
If you are in an area with high temperatures and average rainfall, overwatering will stress the grass. This is because the grass is drought tolerant. When you water too much, the grass can turn brown, leaving your property unsightly. Therefore, by adapting smart watering practices, your lawn will be beautiful and healthy all year round.
Use quality garden tools
You will need a few gardening tools to spruce up your home. However, the quality of the garden tools you use is important, especially for DIY enthusiasts. If you buy a cheap tool, it can break in the middle of the job. This then forces you to go back to the store and get another tool, which wastes your time. For some, they may end up postponing work due to frustrations. Even though better tools are a little expensive, they will work effectively and motivate you to keep going.
Increase the cutting height of the lawn mower
When you mow your lawn, especially in summer, don’t mow too close to the ground. Longer grass improves deeper root growth, ensuring your lawn is drought tolerant. Herbaceous plants can take up a lot of space. For example, you can find a million grasses on roughly one quarter acre lawn. The more of them, the fuller your garden. Plus, when you’re not cutting too much, they shade out and minimize evaporation. Therefore, you will not have to water the lawn often.
Don’t forget the Hardscape
When most people think of landscaping, the features of landscaping hardly spring to mind. However, beautifying your walkways and driveways can go a long way in transforming your home. To add character, add plants and outdoor lighting along walkways and walkways for an upgraded look. Just like plants, landscaping elements structure a space. For example, your fences and walls can make a statement about your home even though they frame your property. You can complement your fence with a few plants at the base for a finished look. If you are designing your deck and patios, add plants. You can have a fantastic place to relax, read or just enjoy nature.
Manage your waste well
If you have trees on your property, you will likely need to rake often to get rid of falling leaves, especially in the fall. Instead of sending these leaves to the landfill, mow a small amount on your lawn. It will provide fertilizer for your grass and food for earthworms, thus improving the quality of your soil. Apart from that, you will also be preserving the environment.
Every year, households generate a lot of waste, especially construction waste. In 2018, there were approximately 600 million tonnes construction and demolition (construction and demolition) debris generated, more than double the amount produced by municipal solid waste. By reducing this number of homes at a time, landfill space can be conserved. Therefore, while you are working on your home landscaping, shred these leaves and use them as mulch to keep your lawn healthy.
When improving your landscape, always think about your climate. Opt for plants that are likely to grow well in your area, and incorporate some DIY projects along the way as well. If you follow the tips above, in a few months, your landscape will be the envy of your neighbors.