Believe it or not, some people actually enjoy yard work. For the rest of us, having a beautiful yard takes a lot of labor that, quite frankly, can suck. Getting hot, dirty, and sweaty is not the best way to pass a precious weekend day, but with a little planning and foresight, you can make yard work seem not quite such a chore. Here are three tricks to take the unpleasantness out of making your landscaping the envy of the neighborhood.
Have a Goal
It’s the rare homeowner that hasn’t gone on a plant-buying spree at a home improvement store, only to realize that she has no idea what she’s going to do with all this greenery. Plan your dream yard before you go crazy at the nursery. This will go a long way towards taking the drudgery out of digging and planting, not to mention avoiding plants that just won’t work in your yard. Sit down with your kids and pick their brains too. Maybe they want a fruit tree or berry bushes, or just a nice green place to play.
Eliminate the Need
Some of us don’t have a green thumb or any desire to do yard work, but we still want nice yards. With a bit of outsourcing, you can reduce the number of tasks you have to do. Edge suggests that you can replace your yard with astroturf, add a deck, remove dangerous trees, and replace the existing flowers with ones that require little upkeep on your end. Consulting with a landscaping company can be the best way to get the yard you want without the work.
Make a Maintenance Plan
With proper maintenance, your yard work will be much easier to manage. In addition to the obvious tasks like mowing the lawn and pulling weeds, there are other tasks that will make your yard easier to maintain. Tomlinson Cannon explains that gutter maintenance is essential to your home landscaping efforts. Take a more holistic approach to yard work by keeping up with general maintenance on your home’s interior.
If you’ve got the kids planning how the yard should look, it stands to reason that getting them to put in sweat equity is the next step. Even young kids can plant flowers or water the lawn, while older ones can learn to prune bushes or run the mower. If they’re looking for extra pocket money, projects such as mulching flower beds or weeding a vegetable garden are excellent jobs and can be made even more fun by researching how to do it with internet videos.
Maintaining a beautiful yard doesn’t have to be a joy-sucking chore. Some preparation, imagination, and co-working can get you the yard you want–and the one you want to keep up, just in time for summer.