Do-It-Yourself Landscaping Can Improve the Value of Your Home

Jun 7, 2012 by

Do-It-Yourself Landscaping Can Improve the Value of Your Home

If you’ve worked extensively on remodeling the interior of your home and making it look nice, it is also a good idea to make the exterior of your home look nice as well. The exterior of the home is the wrapping paper that makes your home more attractive. You can use these four steps to help you clean up any yard and make it look nice.

Materials Needed

For this, you’re going to need the following: loppers, pruning shears, hedge trimmers, heavy-duty gloves, a leaf rake, pruning shears, a leaf blower, a lawnmower, an edger, hoe and a garden rake.

Optional – lawn aerator, fertilizers, and lawn iron.

do-it-yourself landscapingStart with the Cleanup of Bushes and Trees

The first step involved is heavy-duty cleanup. If it’s been a few month since you have cleaned up the exterior of your lawn, you may realize that there is a lot that needs to be done. In the early spring, I like to start by doing the things that will make the most difference. This includes pruning all of your trees that are overgrown, and trimming back your bushes. Make sure the trees and shrubs get trimmed to their ideal sizes.

do-it-yourself landscaping ideasGet Rid of Weeds and Leaves

Aside from the bushes and trees, you also have to worry about the weeds and the leaves. The best way to get rid of weeds is to use a hoe. You can hoe them out of your flower beds and around your hedges. Getting rid of the weeds will go a long way towards making your home look like it is well taken care of. You also want to make sure to get rid of any of the leaves or branches that may have been on the ground from last year.

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Disposal of Yard Waste

As you are cleaning, trimming and pruning, make sure to stack everything up on a tarp or in a pile. I like to use a 12′ x 15′ tarp and then move it around with me from area to area as I clean. As soon as I am done cleaning, I simply pick of the tarp and put it in the back of my truck to dispose of. If you know how to track, you can just put everything in a convenient pile and add 60 to 80 gallons to your yard waste container every week until you get rid of it all.

Initial Lawn Treatment

landscaping tipsThe next step is to make sure that the lawn looks nice. If you have 10,000 ft.² of property, it is a good chance that more than one-third of this is your lawn. So, the easiest way to improve the look of your lawn is to start out by mowing and edging your lawn. Try not to mow more than one-third of the blade of grass at a time. Mowing your lawn is a great way to help your lawn to grow thicker. Lawns that are thicker are more resistant to weeds. If you have a few weeds in your lawn, try to pull them out by hand. If you have a lot, you may need to apply ridding feed to your lawn to help get rid of them.

Advanced Lawn Care

do it yourself landscapingThe next thing you need to do is to fertilize it. I recommend that you use a fertilizer that has a lot of nitrogen. Nitrogen is what helps lawns to grow the best. If the ground is hard, or there are a lot of sparse spaces in your lawn, you should rent a lawn aerator and aerate the whole thing. This will help you to develop a thicker turf, and will also help your fertilizer to work more effectively. When you aerate a lawn and you want it to look nice right away, you should probably also rake up the plugs. If you want to make your lawn have a dark green color to it, consider adding a bit of iron to your fertilizer.

About the Author

Spencer Arnold has worked extensively as a landscaper. He has helped improve the look of over 8,000 lawns in the last decade.

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