Your lawn and garden can be a source of endless joy and beauty. It can be the place where the family gathers to take photos marking essential milestones.
It can be where you and your buddies gather around a bonfire with a few beers when you’ve all had the worst week. It can be where you sit when you need a little quiet.
Your lawn and garden can also be a big headache if you let it. Plants, furniture, sheds, and landscaping elements all need to be maintained and quickly; this work can take over the few days you have off each week.
The following will break down some of the essentials of lawn care: techniques, tips, and items that can help keep your lawn and garden in the ‘stuff I enjoy’ category and out of the ‘add this to the list of things I don’t want to do but have to’ category.
Of course, every home and garden is a little bit different, and you’ll have your own seasonal concerns depending on the climate and terrain where you live.
Be aware that this list is by no means exhaustive and means to act as a jumping-off point for your property management
Low Maintenance Plant And Trees
When picking new things to include on your lawn or in your garden, make sure you read up about the ideal conditions for each type of plant.
Choosing something that naturally thrives in the environment you have can mean the difference between starting at wilting flowers all summer or having gorgeous blooms that require no extra watering each week.
If you’re struggling with this, you can start by looking up what plants are local to your area—local plants are fantastic for the ecosystem in your area. You can also speak to a nursery worker or your local landscape architect.
A Gadget For Your Least Favorite Task
Sometimes all you need is a shiny new toy, and an activity you once begrudged is something you look forward to each week. If it’s shoveling the snow in the winter, consider a snowblower. If you love the trees but absolutely hate raking non-stop all autumn, experts at EssentialHomeAndGarden.com suggest purchasing a leaf blower. Something like a ride-on lawnmower can drastically change how it feels to maintain your lawn and garden.
Whatever the task is that gets under your skin, consider spending the money to ease that burden.
Plants And Features That Attract The Animals You Like (And Not The Ones You Don’t)
When it comes to choosing flowers, shrubs, and trees, maintenance isn’t the only thing you need to consider.
Take a moment to research which type of animals these plants attract so that you make sure you’re cultivating a yard or garden that you’re going to like being in. You can choose flowers specifically to increase the population of butterflies or hummingbirds.
You can weigh the pros and cons of standing water attracting birds but also mosquitos. Knowing what animals you’re going to have to deal with can also lighten the load of the maintenance.
Fewer birds mean less bird poop on the truck—that sort of thing.
Something To Trim The Grass With
Unless your entire yard is covered in a low-height ground covering plant, you’re probably going to be trimming the grass from time to time.
When choosing a lawnmower, make sure that you get something you’re comfortable moving around and starting as well as operating.
You also ideally want indoor storage space for your lawnmower (a shed or garage works excellently) as the elements, especially cold winters, can shorten the life expectancy of your machine.
For some reason, this lawncare element is often overlooked. Just like humans, plants need certain nutrients in order to grow tall and strong. Fertilizer is what puts these nutrients into the soil.
This is especially important if you’ve lived in an area that has been developed for a long time. Over the course of fifty years or more, human activity can deplete the soil of its natural nutrients, making it harder for plants to thrive.
If you live somewhere safe from wild predators (bears, wolves, etc.), you can even make your own fertilizer by burying some of your compost in the garden. If there are animals you don’t want to be attracting nearby, do not put food out in the garden.
Optional: Consider A Fake Wasp’s Nest
Wasps are territorial animals. This means they won’t settle into a new place where other wasps live. A fantastic way to avoid the issue of wasps altogether is to put up a fake wasp’s nest in one of your trees.
These objects are incredibly cheap, blend in with the natural colors in a tree, and can save you the hassle of having to deal with wasps every year.
Optional: Consider A Fake Owl
If birds are a problem in your area—either because of the mess they make or the type of birds you’re stuck with that screech at the most inopportune times—a fake owl could help you out.
Owls tend to scare away other birds, and fake owls work in a similar manner. This is a really gentle, animal-friendly way of making sure that your bird problem doesn’t get out of hand.
As Needed: Prepare Ahead Of Time For Stormy Weather
Professionals should remove dead trees without a firm grasp on the ground at your earliest convenience—as they begin to rot, their grip lessens, and the chances of them falling or damaging something increases.
It is also ideal to trim tree branches that post a threat to your home or vehicle before a wind storm occurs. By taking the time to sort these potential problems out early, you can end up saving a lot of money, time, and in severe cases preventing injuries.
While this might not seem like a lawn care essential—anything that can keep people safe we consider a critical component of lawn maintenance.
The above information should give you the basic information you need to get started with lawn care and maintenance. Take your time and incorporate new plants or practices slowly.
When adding things to the soil, only add one at a time to gain a full understanding of the effect of each change.