Sometimes it is the simple things that can have the most impact on your yards’ appearance. It’s easy to get caught up in big landscaping projects that sometimes do more damage than good. So before you find yourself buried neck-deep in an overwhelming landscaping project, consider these simple things to enhance the look of your yard without investing too much in time and resources:
- Get rid of the weeds. This one can be a tough pill to swallow for some, as many would rather take a back-hoe to their entire yard than spend a couple hours pulling out weeds from their garden beds. If this is how you feel, there are countless products that can help you prevent weeds all year long while allowing your existing plants and flowers to flourish. The fact is, weeds are the biggest detractor from the beauty of your yard, so overcoming this challenge is necessary in any situation.
- Edge along garden beds, sidewalks, and driveways. Simply taking the time a couple times a month to maintain a clean edges in these areas can significantly enhance the look of your yard. There are any number of fairly inexpensive tools you can utilize to make this job easier.
- Use mulch. For those who do not have much vegetation in their flower beds, using mulch is essential to maintaining a clean look in your yard. Mulch acts as a weed barrier and helps to retain moisture in the soil. Keep a nice 4 inch barrier throughout your flower bed, but remember to leave some room around the base of your plants and flowers.
- Occasionally use the mulch feature on your lawn mower, if it has one. If you typically mow your lawn once per week, occasionally mow it a second time a couple of days later the mulch feature on. This can be especially beneficial in the summer months when hot temperatures can quickly evaporate the moisture in the soil. The fine shavings will disappear into your grass and create a barrier on top of the soil, which will help to maintain moisture and prevent evaporation. As the grass breaks down, it will provide essential and natural nutrients for your lawn and help to keep it strong and green all season.