A homeowner’s yard is something to be proud of. It takes a lot of time and effort to get it looking how you want it to preciously be. From the colour of the grass to the type of flowers planted, every little detail comes together to create the perfect yard.
If you live in an area that has a Yard of the Month contest, winning it could be a prestigious award. If you want this year to be the year you win every month, here are a few guidelines to help get your yard award-winning ready.
Winning yard of the month doesn’t just mean having a healthy lawn. You need to take into consideration every aspect of your yard. One of the best ways to get a clear picture is to take a step back and look at it from a visitor’s perspective.
Stand at the edge of the driveway or on the other side of the street to get a clear visual. This is what your visitors will see when they first arrive at your house. Make notes of what you like and don’t like, and use this as your plan going forward.
The grass is typically the most substantial aspect of a yard and can be the one thing homeowners are most proud of. Growing healthy grass doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does need a plan.
Regular maintenance should include removing weeds as soon as they appear, an appropriate amount of weekly watering, and regular mowing. When watering the lawn, less can be more. Encourage the roots of the grass to grow deep into the soil to search for water. This will strengthen them to withstand harsh weather. Proper lawn mowing also contributes to a healthy lawn. Sharp blades, shorter cuts with more frequent mowing, and cutting in different directions all help grow a healthy lawn.
Beautifully designed landscaping can take a regular yard to the best yard on the block very quickly. Well planned out flower beds with colors that complement each other will add the needed pop to your yard without it being too bold. Make sure all plants, trees included, are regularly pruned, trimmed and weeded to ensure their best look.
Add edging around flower beds and the lawn. A simple edge can take something average and make it look extraordinary without too much work.
Adding extra exterior décor can be the final touch your yard needs to win. Be careful not to go overboard, however. Too many figures and decorations can quickly make your yard look cluttered.
Add décor according to the season. For the summer months, include fun and playful decorations. Once fall rolls around, switch to decorations that mix with holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving.
When it comes to Yard of the Month, less is usually more. Bringing in too many flowers and decorations can lose the appeal of your yard. Merely maintaining a healthy lawn, tidying up the yard, keeping the flowers bright, and paying attention to small details will help you get the Yard of the Month title.
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