When viewing properties in residential neighborhoods and communities, a beautiful landscape is an easily recognizable feature that attracts attention, especially to prospective buyers and investors. In a tough real estate market where there are a flood of properties that are available, it is important to ensure the curb-appeal of your home if you are trying to sell. If you are not in the market for selling your property but just want to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful lawn, there are certain tips to be aware of that make it easier to maintain this portion of your landscaping. Maintaining a well-manicured lawn promotes a healthy atmosphere, increases the value of your home and acts as a filter for water entering underground aquifers such as in areas such as South Florida. A well maintained lawn also provides a feeling of space and graciousness around homes and aids in noise absorption and allergen reduction.
Proper maintenance of a lawn usually begins with the frequent activities of mowing and watering. Mowing your lawn properly by choosing the proper cutting height and frequency will help to increase its weed prevention capabilities and promote a healthier and deeper root system. You should only cut one-third of the height of the grass at a time. This means that if the grass needs to be 3 inches in height, it should be cut whenever it reaches 4-1/2 inches. Grass should be left slightly taller to help supply the roots with food and improve drought tolerance, especially in shady areas. It is also important to change the direction that the grass is cut at each mowing to avoid other unhealthy situations for your lawn.
Over-watering, over-fertilizing and infrequent cutting of your lawn will make it more susceptible to disease and insects. It is better to water lawns deeply, early in the morning and only when needed. If you live in an area where it rains often, this will usually provide enough moisture to keep grass healthy with minimum supplemental irrigation requirements. Additionally, only enough fertilizer should be used to maintain good color, keep it growing slowly and steadily, and to encourage a strong root system. Any more than this will simply increase the frequency of mowing, make the grass more susceptible to insects and disease attacks, and may add unwanted chemicals to the environment.
Inspect your lawn carefully and regularly for uneven growth, weeds, patches or signs of pests and diseases. It is very important to prevent the deterioration of your lawn and the spreading of weeds to adjacent properties. A strong and healthy lawn will promote a healthy and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere.
If your property is located in a subdivision or development where you do not have control of your irrigation system or a property management company is responsible for the upkeep of your property grounds, pass along this information to them to help with the maintenance of your lawn if evidence of unhealthy conditions exists. Many lawn personnel or property maintenance companies spend a lot of time in only cutting lawns and not maintaining them. If your lawn has to be replaced it may cost you and your association or community more money.