Spring is the perfect time to start planning your landscaping and gardening. While it’s important to focus on your garden beds, and tempting with all the beautiful flowers, try not to forget about your lawn. Your lawn is just as important as your gardens in keeping your curb appeal up and getting your home ready for the warmer days ahead.
Here you can read about why you shouldn’t neglect your home’s landscaping and with the lawn being arguably the majority of that scope, read more about why you shouldn’t neglect your lawn care below.
One of the main reasons that homeowners care for their lawn is for the purpose of curb appeal. Keeping your lawn plush increases the value of your property and appeals to your neighbours passing by. It also adds a sense of security as well kept homes defer possible intruders. Without regular maintenance, your lawn is susceptible to growing weeds, hosting more pests, and lacking the beautiful green colour of a healthy lawn.
Regularly mowing your lawn will allow the healthy grass to flourish, while the unhealthy grass disappears. Keeping it at a consistent height (not too short, and not too long) will prevent any random debris, such as leaves and loose garbage, from catching. Tip: the ideal length for a healthy lawn is three to four inches.
Maintaining upkeep with your lawn will also prevent weeds from taking over. Removing weeds immediately will prevent them from putting out more seeds, which will lead to further growth. These seeds can even spread to your neighbour’s yards via wind! Be a responsible neighbour and remove your weeds.
Longer grass is more inviting to pests and insects. During the colder months, pests will navigate towards areas of longer grass to keep warm and build their shelters. Insects on the other hand, love to eat your lawn away from the roots up. If you notice any signs of insects eating your lawn, it’s important to act straight away to prevent them from destroying the lawn even further. Contact a pro to help prevent pest issues.
Good for the Environment
Neglecting your lawn can actually be bad for the environment. Healthy lawns have the ability to improve air quality, cool the air, and reduce noise.
Healthy lawns can act as traps for dust and other pollutants. They also prevent soil and soil particles from being blown around since they are protected by grass. A healthy lawn also contributes to the amount of oxygen in the air.
Lawns, trees and shrubs assist in cooling the air temperature through providing shade and evaporating water. In addition, a lawn provides a cooler gathering spot, rather than asphalt or concrete and is much safer for kids.
Healthy, plush lawns have the ability to absorb more sounds than otherwise unhealthy lawns. They also reduce glare and light reflection, which makes them so appealing.
Without regular upkeep, you will fall far behind and have trouble restoring your lawn back to its natural state. Failing to properly fertilize, aerate, and mow your lawn can lead to damaging effects that will be hard to over turn, possibly forcing you to get a new lawn. Investing time and money into your space will prevent you from having to spend more money in the future attempting to repair the damage.
Maintaining your lawn may seem like a daunting chore you don’t have time for. A little work each week goes a long way in keeping your lawn healthy. If you don’t have time, hire a landscaping pro to help out. They are equipped with all necessary equipment and knowledge to restore or maintain your property. There are only benefits that come from a healthy lawn, as the weather warms, start thinking about ways that you can do your part.