You may not be very experienced in the process of lawn maintenance, and if that’s the case, you’re not alone, so it never hurts to find out more about it! However, it does serve a purpose and should be taken as seriously as any other home improvement job you do.
What is the purpose of routine lawn maintenance?
Your landscape is a work of art, the first thing people see when they pull up to your home or place of business. If the landscape doesn’t make a good first impression because the curb appeal is lacking, that’s not good for you or your business.
One perk about lawn maintenance is the massive boost in your home’s curb appeal and value. Taking care of your landscape increases that value by 5.5%-12.7%, making it easier to sell later on if that’s the goal.
One of the only sure-fire ways to make sure this doesn’t happen to you is to have it taken care of regularly. You can do this by having routine lawn maintenance done across your landscape!
Lawn maintenance is a wonderful “tool” used to keep your lawn looking fabulous while also helping keep it healthy. It combines outdoor tasks using different equipment to achieve the ultimate goal of longevity for your lawn.
The top priority is to keep each area of your lawn in the best shape you can; this will help accomplish that goal. In addition, the grass, trees, and around the edges of our lawn all need special attention to keep them strong, growing how they should, and healthy.
What is included in lawn maintenance work?
Many things fall under the “maintenance” umbrella, but some standard practices are the same no matter where you look in the industry. Over many years, lawn businesses have discovered what works, what doesn’t, and what’s a priority.
The grass on your lawn is the number one reciprocation of these maintenance services. Think of the grass on your lawn as the blank canvas where the rest of your landscaping sits. If it is unruly or unhealthy, it won’t be long before the rest of your lawn follows suit.
Making sure you’re mowing frequently is the main element in ensuring that grass’s longevity – but also not mowing too often. Again, balance is crucial for this task, along with mowing at an appropriate time of day, during the prime growing season, and at a good height.
The next task that goes hand-in-hand with mowing is cleaning up the edging around your property. Creating clean lines alongside hardscaping (such as walkways) and around greenery (such as trees) aids in keeping the grass healthy and the lawn attractive.
Keeping up with tasks like seasonal cleanups is another important part of the lawn maintenance process. Making sure that no debris lies scattered throughout the lawn and garden and a healthy dose of dethatching are crucial facets of seasonal cleanups.
What are some do’s and don’ts of lawn maintenance?
Lawn maintenance is a relatively simple concept, but that doesn’t mean it’s the type of job you can get away with doing however you want. If done incorrectly, you can cause a lot of damage and ruin the look of your lawn.
When mowing, make sure the blades are sharp enough, as dull blades tear at grass rather than cut it – causing brown tips and an uneven cut. Also, try not to mow when wet – if avoidable – as it can clog the mower and can result in an uneven cut.
If you’re mowing in preparation for the cold months, it’s okay to trim the lawn shorter than usual. However, never mow more than one-third the length of the grass during the warm months; this is called “scalping” your grass and can make it susceptible to disease and sunburn!
Having edging done to your property is a great way to help! It is always encouraged to do adequate research into what edging would be most beneficial for your lawn. If you’re cutting near hardscaping, do not cut too deep as these ruts are harder to heal.
Trees are beautiful, but their branches can get tangled up – it’s recommended to trim these tangles up, so the branches do not cause harm to each other. Although, it’s essential not to use “wound paint” as this prevents natural wood healing!
When cutting any part of a tree (or hedges), it’s crucial always to wear the appropriate gear to avoid any injuries to yourself. Pruning or trimming at the beginning of the colder months will still stimulate new growth, but it will, unfortunately, die as they’ll succumb to cold damage easier.
What can the professionals do for me?
It’s respectable to want to take responsibility for your lawn and take care of these jobs yourself – but it is not very realistic. One of the biggest downfalls to lawn maintenance is the time needed to dedicate to it. Unfortunately, most people in today’s age do not have the luxury of that time.
It’s also worth noting that many people have been injured attempting to take care of things on their own, especially when mowing or trimming! It can happen to anybody, not to mention the potential damage you could be doing to your lawn if you do not do these jobs correctly.
For these reasons, we highly encourage you to put your trust in the local lawn care professionals, such as Mr. Trim Lawn & Garden, who have the time, equipment, and skill to do the job right. We’ve got your lawn’s back and will treat it as if it’s our own!