One of the many benefits of being a homeowner is having your own plot of land, regardless of how big or small, to call your own. However, if you're a first-time homeowner who has never owned a lawnmower or doesn't have much of a "green thumb", you may need to expect a bit of a learning curve when it comes to lawn care and landscaping. By being aware of some of the most common landscaping mistakes made by new homeowners (and how to avoid them), you can make your yard your pride and joy.
Over-Cutting Your Grass
Also known as "scalping," cutting your grass too short can be detrimental to your lawn's health. While it may seem more convenient to cut your grass shorter so you don't have to mow as often, scalping your grass will actually prevent it from growing and can make it more prone to being taken over by weeds. Ideally, you should try to keep your grass around 2.5 inches long for the best results.
Overlooking Plant Location
Excited to get some new plants in the ground? Before you do, plan accordingly. Know which areas of your home receive the most (and least) sunlight so you can choose the right plants for each part of your home. Plants that thrive in shade (like hostas) will wilt away and die if they're planted in an area that receives full sun, for example.
Lack of Pruning and Trimming
If you have trees and shrubs on your property, make sure you're trimming and pruning them as needed. Pruning is crucial to the health of a plant, encouraging new and healthy growth while removing dead or dying branches/limbs. A lack of pruning or trimming will not only detract from your home's curb appeal, but may make it difficult to keep certain plants alive as well.
Ignoring Common Eyesores
Utility boxes and other eyesores can really hurt your home's curb appeal, so be sure to cover them up. There are many plants that are great for covering eyesores, including electrical boxes, such as:
Not Caring For Your Fencing
Last but not least, if your home has any kind of fencing, make sure you don't let it fall into neglect. Most types of fencing (including wood and vinyl) should be power washed at least once a year to keep them looking their best. Be sure to also replace any broken or rotted boards on your fence as needed to keep your property looking its best!
For more questions about landscaping, be sure to contact a company near you.