5 Ways to Maximize Your Backyard Investment: Prepare for the Summer Season

The warm summer months are just around the corner and many homeowners start thinking about their yards in anticipation of more time spent enjoying their outdoor space. Your backyard is an extension of your home, so it’s important to make sure you have a well-maintained yard that reflects your personal style. This article will discuss 5 maintenance items that should be done to prepare for the upcoming season!

Lawn Mowing

In order to maintain a healthy lawn, it is important to mow on a regular basis. You want the grass height at about two inches for proper growth and good drainage.  This will ensure your lawn looks great all summer long.

You also want to make sure to maintain your lawn to help keep pests and bugs away during the heat of the summer.  Consulting your landscaper will help you come up with a lawn maintenance schedule that makes sense for the condition of your yard. 

Weeding

Weeds will take over your yard if left alone. It’s important to weed regularly in order to maintain a beautiful lawn. You don’t want the appearance of your front and back yards harmed by pesky weeds!

A good weeding session can be done weekly or biweekly depending on how much time you have and the size of your backyard. Weeds need constant attention for them not to grow out of control which could lead to an expensive weed removal process!

Weeds can be a nuisance for homeowners, and are even more of an issue during the summer months when they grow faster. One way to beat them is by using weed killer or natural herbicides like vinegar.  Alternatively, there’s also planting ground cover plants that will take over the space where weeds used to be present.

Watering

Watering is essential during hot summer days when it often reaches 90 degrees Fahrenheit, especially since our gardens become very thirsty as they are exposed directly into the sun all day long. One way homeowners like to do this is with drip irrigation, but many homeowners opt for an irrigation system set up with timers to control the watering schedule and duration of each session. 

We suggest watering the lawn at night when the temperature is cooler. This allows more water to penetrate the soil and reach the root systems. 

Hedge Trimming

Hedges should be trimmed regularly so they don’t look overgrown or feel too thick and heavy. Because summertime brings longer days and more sunshine, hedges grow faster than other times of the year.  Make sure you keep an eye out on how often they need to be trimmed in order to maintain a nice, clean look.

Spring Cleaning

Your outdoor furniture should be cleaned with soapy water at least once in spring after winter has passed and before it begins to get hot outside again. This ensures all mold spores have been removed from surfaces you’ll sit on day in and day out this season (especially if you’re hosting guests).  It’s important not just to wash off dirt but to get rid of any webs or bugs that may have burrowed during the long winter months. 

It’s also a good idea to get rid of any leaves, gravel or other debris that might have blown in during the winter. This will make sure your patio and seating area is nice and clean for when it becomes time to use it again!

Getting your yard ready for summer doesn’t have to be a dreaded process for homeowners.  Following simple guidelines and focusing on proper maintenance will help you enjoy your outdoor space all season long.

Malika Lugar

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