We’ve all been a witness to it. Walking down a neighborhood street as you pass by two separate yards sitting right next to one another. One is completely perfect and polished, the grass is cut to the ideal height, the bushes are neatly trimmed, the flowers are in full bloom, and the brickwork is laid out beautifully. And then, you look over to the next yard—yikes. The grass is overgrown, weeds are sprouting through left and right, the flowers are on their last legs of life, and the hedges are climbing up the side of the house (and it’s not in an artist, purposeful way, but in a ‘too lazy to trim’ kind of way). Hopefully you’re not the owner of the latter, but if you are, fear not. Finding a great landscaper or tree service isn’t all that hard. The following tips and tricks will take you from being the embarrassment of the block, to the best green thumb in the neighborhood.
- Make sure you’ve set the foundation: soil, sod, and seed
A great lawn is built from bottom to top. To start, you need to choose the right soil, one that won’t clump together or quickly become crusty and dry. While we’re not all experts at picking out the best kind of school, luckily there’s plenty of DIY kits and beginners guides available at stores or nurseries that can help you make your decision. Following the soil, you need to make an important decision between using carpets of sod or actually laying down seeds. For an easy, quick fix lawn, the best choice is to use sod; however, that can sometimes because very expensive depending on the size of your lawn. By seeding your lawn yourself or using hydroseeding, you’ll save money but you’ll need to be very careful in creating an even distribution of seeds across the area of your yard. Finally after all that hard work, be sure to give your grass some water—it’s generally a good idea to water newly planted lawns every day for up to 10 minutes, and continue this process until the blades grow to about half an inch tall.
- Accessorize your lawn with the basics
While a lawn full of green grass looks very inviting, sprucing it up with flowers, scrubs, and other accents will bring out its real appeal. Vary the heights of your plants, and think about planting bushes around the border instead of right up against the house. It’s also nice to add a bit of stone or brink to your yard to create a path to your front door. And of course, add some color to brighten it up! Take a trip to your local nursery and pick out some of your favorite types of flowers to fill your space. You can also add a few small trees to the area, but keep in mind that it’s important to keep up with tree trimming along with hedging to maintain a clean look.
- Add some finishing touches
Now that you have a beautiful lawn with fresh cut grass and budding flowers, it’s time to take your yard to the next level. Many gardening experts believe that creating a focal point in your lawn that helps on-lookers determine where their eyes should look first can drastically improve the overall appearance of a lawn. What can you use as your focal point? Consider planting a large tree along the edge of your yard, or place a sculpture, a cute wooden bench, a fountain, and anything else that peaks your imagination and creativity somewhere in the yard where it will stand out and make a bold statement!