Archive for March, 2013
Tips for Proper Yard Maintenance – If you have ever see a yard that has gotten out of control, you know how terrible it can make the houses around it look. No one likes a messy lawn, but some people just don’t have the time, resources, or desire to maintain it. Unfortunately, improper and neglectful yard maintenance can have very real ramifications such as driving down property values and garnering the resentment of neighbors. To keep this from happening to you, keep reading to learn more about proper yard maintenance and ways you can keep your lawn looking its best.
Anyone who does yard maintenance as a profession will tell you it’s not bad work: you get to spend time outdoors, getting plenty of fresh air and exercise all the while earning a decent living. The occasional gardener may see it differently – instead of an opportunity to earn money and go outside, they see it as a chore, something that has to get done in order to get to more enjoyable activities. Not everyone is crazy about yard maintenance, but the good news is that you don’t have to be. If you are able to find some enjoyment out of it, focus on whatever activities you prefer and save them for last. This should motivate you to push through the less enjoyable and more menial tasks as you make your way to better ones. Getting up and getting active through yard maintenance is a good form of exercise, even if it doesn’t seem it. The work is often strenuous on your body (the main reason people try not to do it) but this just means you are getting a good work out from it. The more you do it, the easier it will become on both your body and on the lawn – regular upkeep will vastly reduce the amount of work you need to do each time.
When it comes to yard maintenance, you will always want to have the proper tools. Repairing or replacing your tools when they show signs of wear or become inoperable, respectively, is also important – few things can compare to the frustration one feels when their lawnmower simply won’t start. This can be expensive, but it will be cheaper in the long run than hiring a crew of yard maintenance professionals to do it for you. Of course, hiring such a crew will save you time, so it should certainly remain an option.
Your yard maintenance routine should be regular, at least once every two weeks, at most once a week. Try and pick a pleasant day on which to work, and avoid doing yard work after a heavy storm – downed tree branches can be dangerous to remove on your own and you should see professional assistance to avoid damaging yourself and your property.
There isn’t a whole lot to it – stay on top of your yard, keep your tools working and up to date, and know when to call in professional assistance. It’s never too late to pull your yard back from the brink of ruin, but follow the yard maintenance advice in this article so you won’t have to!