12/08/2015

How To Keep Your Yard And Home Looking Beautiful #sponsoredpost

If you're like me, then you would love to have your yard and home looking beautifully maintained all the time. This isn't always super easy to do.  Read on to learn the best tips for giving your yard and home a look that you can be proud of.

Essentials of a Beautiful Landscape 

A beautiful, well-maintained landscape adds value and curb appeal to your home, but even the smallest yards take effort and commitment to look good year-round. Take a look at five essential elements of a green, healthy landscape. 

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential for a beautiful landscape. Without it, your yard can quickly become full of weeds, overgrown shrubs and trees, and diseases that turn your landscape into an eyesore. Keep your landscape healthy and well-maintained with regular maintenance that includes: 

* Weekly or bi-weekly lawn mowing
* Regular weeding
* Regular feeding and seeding
* Cleaning of flower beds
* Border edging for walkways 

Fertilizing 

To stay healthy and green, your landscape must get essential nutrients, but the soil in most areas doesn't provide enough nutrients to promote new growth, healthy root systems, and stable plants. Fertilizing provides important nutrients that help your grass and plants fight off environmental stresses like heat, cold and drought. You should include a regular fertilization schedule in your lawn care plan to keep grass, plants, shrubs and trees stable and healthy. 

Mulching

Mulching provides great landscape benefits by adding a protective layer to the soil. Whether you choose natural, organic mulch or inorganic mulch, your flowers, plants and trees will benefit with:

* Increased soil moisture 
* Even soil temperatures 
* Less soil erosion 
* Less soil compaction 
* Less weed growth 

Pruning

Proper, regular pruning of plants, shrubs and trees is essential to a beautiful, healthy landscape. Overgrowth creates the appearance of an ill-maintained property and increases the potential for lawn diseases and outdoor pests. When pruning, it's important to use the right tools and prune at the right time of year. Improper pruning techniques can cause damage to your landscape. For best results, evergreens and trees are usually pruned in late winter or early spring, while flowering plants are best pruned after their blooming season ends. 

Watering 

Typically, lawns need one inch of water every week, but that may vary with soil conditions and type of grass. Lawns with sandy soil drain faster, so they will require more water. Lawns with clay soil are slow-draining, so they will need less water. To reduce watering needs and costs, you can select plants that are native to your area. They will thrive in your climate with minimal maintenance and help to promote water conservation. 

To create a beautiful, healthy landscape for your home, talk to a contractor in your area to get details

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