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Tips for Making Your Home's Landscaping Look Stellar

If you are looking to enhance your home's exterior, landscaping is the most common way to do it, leaving your home looking beautiful and green. For people who enjoy outdoor DIY projects, it can be a great way to give your home a personal touch, and for others, you can hire a landscape artist. Either way, enhancing your home curb appeal does not have to feel like rocket science. To help you get started, here are a few tips.

Irrigate Only When Necessary

Most water providers have raised concerns when it comes to lawn irrigation. Whether it's commercial properties, sports fields, or residential landscaping, there has been an increased demand for water. Considering that only about 3% of the water on earth is fresh, it is essential to use it responsibly.

If you are in a region with high temperatures and average rainfall, watering too much will stress the grass. That is because the grass is drought-tolerant. When you water too much, the grass can turn brown, leaving your property looking unsightly. Therefore, adapting smart watering practices will help your lawn look lovely and healthy all year long.

Use Quality Garden Tools

You are going to need some gardening tools to beautify your home. However, the quality of the garden tools you use matters, especially for DIYers. If you buy a cheap tool, it may break in the middle of the job. This then forces you to go back to the store and get another tool, which wastes time. For some, they may end up postponing the job due to frustrations. As much as better tools are a bit costly, they will work effectively and motivate you to keep going.

Raise the Lawn Mower Cutting Height

When mowing your lawn, especially during summer, do not mow too close to the ground. Longer grass enhances the deeper growth of roots, ensuring your lawn is drought-resistant. Grass plants can take up a lot of space. For instance, you can find a million grass plants on just about a quarter acre of lawn. The more they are, the fuller your yard looks. Also, when you do not cut too much, they shade each other and minimize evaporation. Therefore, you will not have to water the lawn often.

Do Not Forget the Hardscape

When most people think of landscaping, hardly do hardscape features come to mind. However, sprucing up your walkways and driveways can go a long way towards transforming your home. To add some character, add plants and outdoor lighting along walkways and driveways for an enhanced look. Just like plants, hardscape features provide structure to a space. For instance, your fences and walls can make a statement about your home even as they frame your property. You can complement your fence with a few plants at the base for a finished look. If you design your deck and patios, then add some plants. You can have a fantastic place to relax, read, or just take in nature.

Manage Your Waste Properly

If you have trees on your property, then you probably have to rake often to get rid of the falling leaves, especially during fall. Instead of sending those leaves to the landfill, mow a small amount of them on your lawn. It will provide fertilizer for your grass and food for the earthworms, improving the quality of your soil. Apart from that, you will also be saving the environment.

Every year, households generate a lot of waste, especially from construction. In 2018, there was about 600 million tons of C&D (construction and demolition) debris generated, which is more than twice the amount produced by municipal solid waste. By reducing this number one household at a time, landfill space can be conserved. Therefore, as you work on your home's landscaping, shred those leaves and use them as mulch to keep your lawn healthy.

When you are improving your landscape, always consider your climate. Go with plants that are likely to do well in your area and also incorporate some DIY projects along the way. If you follow the above tips, within a few months, your landscape will be the envy of your neighbors.

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