Having the best yard in your neighborhood might be your goal, especially considering it improves the appearance and value of your home and can help beautify your entire neighborhood. But to keep a well-maintained and attractive yard can take weekly management of its appearance and health, however with the right focus on specific areas you can make your yard look phenomenal with less effort and stress. Here are some tips to help you do this and have a great-looking yard all year.
Add In-Ground Sprinklers
During the warmer months, keeping your yard's landscaping and lawn lush and green can feel like a full-time job when you don't have a sprinkler system installed in your yard. And when you already work a full-time job and have a family and other responsibilities, you don't want to spend all your free time managing and moving around a sprinkler to water your yard.
Take some time and install an in-ground sprinkler system installed on a timer to free up the time you would spend keeping an eye on your watering implement. Then, as areas of your lawn need more water or show signs of heat stress, adjust the watering time, frequency, or the spray of individual sprinklers to keep things fresh and green.
Choose to Install Artificial Turf
Another option to make your yard less maintenance heavy is to install artificial turf in your front and back yards. Artificial turf gives your yard the lush green look of real lawn, but without watering, weeding, fertilizing, and aerating requirements a real lawn needs. And your artificial lawn will look just like real lawn, even down the the individual blades and the layer of thatch.
You will need to use a turf vacuum periodically to remove debris and leaves from your lawn to keep it looking clean, but you won't have to apply any chemicals that can hurt the environment and rinse into nearby waterways. And if you choose to hold any activities on your artificial turf in the summer, you can spray it down with a hose to keep its surface cool.
Plant All-Season Vegetation
The vegetation you have growing in your yard along the borders can make or detract from your yard's appearance. And the types of plants you choose can also keep your yard looking great every season.
For example, bulbs planted in the fall will sprout and bloom in the spring, adding color to your post-winter bedding areas. You can also plant shrubbery, vines, and trees with leaves that change into vibrant colors in the fall to prolong the appearance of your property.