For most people, “lawn care” doesn’t come to mind when they think about winter yard work. Traipsing through the yard on a bitingly cold January morning certainly isn’t as pleasant as it is on a fresh dewy June morning. However, taking a few simple steps now - perhaps between sips of hot cocoa to stay warm - will make the transition into spring easier and greener.
The beginning of December is a time when everyone starts thinking about sipping hot cocoa and snuggling up next to a warm fire while watching a favorite holiday movie. In between the daytime hours of work, twilight hours of shopping, and the evening hours of cozying up next to loved ones, there is little time left to think about the seasons up ahead. Yet, what better time of year is there to start preparing for the outdoor experience you want to have once the weather turns warm again? Each warm sip of hot cocoa can be accompanied by a daydream of springtime frolicking in your outdoor oasis.
The days are getting shorter and the weather is now becoming cooler. Soon, it will officially be winter. With the colder, shorter days, comes the most exciting form of precipitation: snow. Some people, especially students and teachers who are excited about enjoying a random snow day, look forward to snow and all of the fun it can bring. However, most people who are homeowners and have to get to work only enjoy the snow from afar, when it’s pictured in a painting or a movie. Driving and walking in snow is only slightly more fun than clearing the snow from our lawns, driveways, and walkways. Whether we welcome it or not, it is our job to manage it once it arrives.
As of September 21, the seasons changed and autumn began. It felt as though at that moment, a switch was hit, which caused the leaves to begin changing colors. It only takes a few weeks, however, for those beautifully colored leaves to start piling up and become strewn all over your well-kept lawn. Since your lawn has not experienced the first frost at this point, you need to clean your lawn ahead of time to continue your scheduled maintenance. However, once your lawn has experienced the winter frost and you can cease mowing for the season, you still must clean up the leaves from your lawn. Otherwise, you risk ruining the beautiful lawn you spent your entire spring and summer cultivating.
Too much of anything is never a good thing. This can be applied to anything from the foods you eat to the number of times you work out a week. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that you can mow your lawn too much, which could be just as detrimental as not mowing it enough. There are actually rules regarding how often and how short you should cut your lawn to maintain a happy, healthy lawn. The truth may surprise you.
Your care for your home. You mow your lawn regularly, water as needed and allowed, and seed it properly for the next season. In your mind, your lawn is the first opportunity you have to make on someone passing by your home. While you take pride in your lawn, as much as you do for the rest of your home, it seems to be missing something. The trees are well maintained, and the grass is beautiful. Even your garden is just right, but something is missing. Your lawn may need a splash of embellishment or color. You don’t have the room for a fountain or a coy pond, but you would like to do something without breaking the bank. Decorate your lawn to last for the life of your home.
Summer is the time to keep your lawn well maintained. Not only is it great for curb appeal, but it actually has health benefits, such as minimizing insects around your home and keeping some allergens at bay. Most of us either do it ourselves or hire someone to do it for us. Either way, maintaining your lawn during the summer months is more than a simple mowing of the lawn. There are several other items that must accompany the lawn mowing process to make sure your lawn always looks fresh and well-maintained.
Have you ever wondered why townships have ordinances about the height of your lawn? It is likely that you believe it is to make the town look beautiful and uniformed wherever and whenever possible. While that is part of the reason, the numbers are not chosen randomly because they sound good. There is actually a scientific reason, actually several scientific reasons, to make sure you abide by a proper lawn maintenance schedule, as cumbersome as that may seem.
If you own a home, you have learned that your rights as a homeowner are limited by the regulations placed upon your home by the town in which you live. These regulations may include items such as when trash is collected, how trash must be presented for collection, the color of your home, where you can park your car, the size of your doorway, and even the length of your grass. Each town is different regarding the actual regulations, however, it is essential to not only know the regulations in your town, but abide by them to avoid fines and other issues.
We live in the age of scheduling. We schedule everything, such as playdates, meetings, appointments, and even family time. We expect everything and everyone in our lives to be on our schedule and just accept their place in our busy lives. That may work with people, but it does not work for your lawn. Your lawn is a living organism that has a schedule of its own. Now that spring is finally here, it is essential to learn your lawn’s schedule and adhere to it as often as possible, or risk having the ugly lawn on the block.