As a homeowner, you can never go wrong with a well-maintained lawn. After all, it’s the one part of your property’s exterior that impresses passersby the most. Surely, presentation is important, so you will have to invest time and money into taking care of your lawn. And no doubt that it can get costly in the long run, considering the tools and all other items you need to keep your lawn in good condition.
That being said, you may want to consider a few cost-saving measures to taking good care of your lawn. You may find that there are options that can reduce your lawn maintenance expenses. You can only imagine the money you spend (and waste) on approaches that are just as effective as cheaper methods of lawn care.
Here are a few of these measures:
1. Water less frequently
An irrigation system is definitely a necessity if you’re planning to keep your grass green all year round. Sure enough, you might take up the habit of using your sprinklers more frequently than it is required. While this keeps your lawn constantly hydrated, you’re actually spending more money than is necessary.
You can take back control of your water bills by scheduling your sprinklers. Instead of turning them on every 12 hours, it’s much more frugal and not to mention practical to give your lawn an extensive shower once a week. This will keep your grass in good condition until the next cycle.
2. Create a DIY compost heap
Commercial compost costs more and can be loaded with chemicals that can actually harm your plants. In order to avoid this, you can opt to create your own backyard compost pit. This may seem time-consuming, but the payoff is that it’s inexpensive and safer to use on your grass and other plants.
To create your own compost, get started by finding out what you need to create the right mix depending on the grass that you have. Luckily, there are numerous online resources you can consult for tutorials on lawn care. For your ideal compost mix, WikiLawn has everything you need to know when it comes to what the grass requires.
3. Don’t cut the grass too short
We want our lawns to be in tip-top shape, so we spend a great deal of time mowing. For some, cutting the grass too short may seem harmless, but what they don’t know is that shorter grass needs more fertilizer and water to be healthy. This is due to the fact that shorter grass is unable to keep water for too long.
By cutting your grass at just about the right length (about two-thirds), you allow for ample shade that slows the evaporation of water.
4. Keep your tools in good condition
Finally, using your gardening and lawn care tools frequently will result in faster wear and tear. Mower blades and gardening spades rust over time until it comes to a point at which you have to replace them altogether.
To avoid buying new tools frequently, you will need to keep your tools in good condition. This will involve storing them in a dry place and keeping the blades sharp.
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