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Lawn Care Prep For Home Sale
WHENThe best time to get started cleaning up your yard is about a month before you plan on showing your house. That should give you enough time to get everything looking just right and not leave the impression that you simply waited until the last minute to put things in order. But if the landscaping has been largely ignored for some time, the work for the homeowner can prove daunting. What should be just a matter of a few weekends work now becomes a seemingly insurmountable task.
WHEREPatios and doorways where would-be buyers enter and exit the house should themselves be as pleasing to the eye as the inside. Container plants in these entryways can spruce up this transitional area from the inside to the outside.
application of mulch> can enhance the contrast of the surrounding plants and give everything a crisp and visually pleasing look. Mulch is relatively cheap and easy to apply giving the seller a quick and easy way to impress the seller. Seasonal plants that are colorful can make the landscape pop. These plants are also inexpensive and add to the aesthetic value of the lawn. The choice of either a rainbow of several colors or a more singular color scheme can be decided by the homeowner and should be compatible with the look of the home.
HOWNothing says neglect like a bunch of dead branches. It is therefore important to maintain trees and shrubs through pruning and clipping to not allow areas to become overgrown. It is important to show how well your garden has been maintained to any potential buyers Prune deciduous trees and shrubs all year round. Water a half-hour or so before the time your home will be shown. It sends the message that your plants are well-maintained and healthy. You might even consider running your sprinkler system, if you have one, just to show that it's working properly.
GROWINGNew sod is the quickest way to a beautiful lawn. However, sod can be expensive, especially if you’re seeding a large area. Seeding the area yourself is time consuming and difficult if you don’t have a lot of experience. Hydroseeding, used by farmers to sow large fields, solves one of the main problems of hand seeding: the even spreading of seeds. The grass seed is mixed into a pulp made from wood fibers, fertilizer, and binding agents.
MOWINGLawn and garden experts like
Salt Lake City Lawn Care agree that most people mow their lawns way too short, which stresses out the grass. Most recommend raising the mower to the highest possible notch so you're mowing only the top third of the grass when you cut. Taller grass promotes better root development as well as shading the ground so it doesn't dry out as fast. An added benefit: the taller grass blocks the sun that weed seeds require to germinate. A lot of people have that if they cut it shorter, they won't have to mow it as often. This is false because the grass renews itself as fast as it would at the recommended height.
WATERINGA weekly soaking helps roots extend deeper into the soil, while frequent shallow waterings can cause the unsightly dry brown runners just above the soil. Water only once a week, but water deep is a good rule of thumb. This can also prevent chinch bugs that tend to attach to dried, stressed out lawns across the mid-west. To figure out how much water your lawn needs, take your soil type into account: sandy soils dry out faster, while clay soils hold moisture longer. Water every day for five to 10 minutes. You should dampen the seeds, not wash them away. When the grass is approximately a half inch tall, water once a day for 15 to 20 minutes.
SELLINGFollow our helpful tips and your lawn will be well on its way to holding a SOLD sign quicker than you can say mow my lawn." Feel free to give us a call if you have questions!