Lawn maintenance and landscape care are essential to the beauty of your home. As a new home owner, you must learn the different ways that the landscaping of the home must be cared for. New home owners often find that yard work can be difficult and may not understand every aspect that needs to be covered. It is important to care for the lawn and landscaping not only for the look of the exterior of the home but also to maintain the value of the home. Below are a few tips on what you can do to maintain the landscaping of the home.
Tools of the Trade
To get started, you will need to purchase items that will be used for caring for the lawn as well as landscaping. This will include a rake for leaves and clippings, pruning shears, a shovel, garden hoe and leaf blower. You need to evaluate the features of your yard to determine what tools you need to care for specific areas.
Quality Lawn Mower
A quality lawnmower is essential to lawn maintenance. When you have a good quality push mower or riding lawn mower, you will be able to mow the lawn on a regular basis. The lawn should be mowed on a weekly or biweekly basis to keep the grass at a good length. A lawnmower that runs well will keep you from missing cuttings and provide a beautiful lawn for your home. Keep your lawnmower in proper working order. When an issue arises, have the mower checked and repaired so you can stay on schedule with cuttings.
Trees located near your home also need to be trimmed on a regular basis, especially those that are located within the vicinity of your home. You do not want to have tree limbs falling on your home during a storm or due to rotting. Keep an eye on trees near your home and have limbs trimmed back on a regular basis. You can trim the trees yourself but this type of work is most often best left to the professionals. A professional tree cutting service will be able to provide you with quality work and usually finish trimming up your trees within a day’s time, a job that might take you several days on your own. Special equipment may also be needed depending on the type of tree trimming needed.
Caring for Plants
The plants of your home also need to be cared for. If you already have an established garden or bushes on the exterior of your home, these need to be trimmed, watered and cared for. You will need to learn what types of plants grow around your home and the proper way to care for such plants. Plants located in the direct sunlight for hours on end will need to be watered on a more regular basis than plants that are located in the shade. You can learn about the plants of your home from the former homeowner or by speaking with a gardener who can review the plants you have in the home.