Every homeowner wants to have a lush lawn and healthy, beautiful landscaping. Fortunately, achieving that goal is easier than most people think. It doesn’t take much money, but it does require a little bit of patience. Here’s how to make a lush yard yours, faster than you think.
Plants that are native to your area will thrive naturally, with very little care. Locally adapted plants need very little fertilizer, water, or pesticides. This makes gardening not only simple but also eco-friendly.
Pay a visit to any native botanical gardens in your area, or take note of the landscaping around your local shopping centers and office parks for ideas. These businesses make it a point to plant hardy, low-maintenance plants. Finally, know the shady and sunny regions of your yard, and plant appropriately.
If you already have grass, find out what type of grass it is. Different types of grass require different types of fertilizer and care. You can look online, or you could pull up a sample and bring it to a local nursery for identification. Once identified, you’ll know the right watering schedule and types of fertilizers to use.
However, if you do not have grass and are looking to put some in, find out the types that do well in your region. A good place to research grass is your local golf course. With many acres of grass to care for, golf courses choose the hardiest, greenest grass that does well in the region.
Tree removal may be necessary for the health of your other plants. Not only is a sick and dying tree unsightly, but it can also be dangerous if it falls. Additionally, an old tree that is growing too large can damage its surroundings. If it shades too much of the yard, your other plants may be stunted. Finally, it’s roots could grow into your home’s pipes or foundation, which can cause serious problems throughout the home and yard.
Likewise, any other sickly plants should be removed. Keep in mind, tree removal should only be done by a professional. Trying to do this yourself could end in disaster.
A healthy landscape requires healthy soil. Essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium enhance your landscape’s overall health. Using organic fertilizer and compost improves both the texture and condition of your soil, giving your plants the nutrients they need.
Remember, amending the soil is not a one-time deal. Raking in a healthy amount of ready-made compost needs to be done every spring. However, it’s best to use homemade compost in the fall. This will give it time to further break down.
Creating a green, lush lawn and landscape won’t happen overnight. But with patience and care, your garden can be the envy of the neighborhood.