When you think of landscaping your yard, the first thing comes to your mind probably looks a lot more like an elaborately designed front yard with lots of rocks, gardens and possibly even a fake pond. However, there are many great things you can do to landscape your yard that won’t break your bank (or your back, those rocks can get heavy).
Here are some tips to help you get your yard in tiptop shape. It might not be the most creative yard in town, but it will sure look the sharpest.
- Fertilizing and Aerating Your Yard:
You might not realize it, but the one thing you can do to really give your yard a makeover is to fertilize and aerate your lawn. This simple process can do wonders for your landscaping. Nothing else you do to your lawn is going to have any effect if you have yellow dead or patchy grass. The first thing you need to do when thinking about landscaping your yard is take care of your grass.
If you don’t know how to aerate your lawn, it is pretty simple. Make sure you water your lawn the day before you are going to aerate it, and make sure it is a pretty good watering. The best time to do this is in the fall. The day you are going to aerate, you are going to need a core aerator, which you can rent from most garden stores for $30-75 for a couple hours. Make sure you read the instructions for the machine so you know how to use it, and then get started. After you have aerated your lawn, apply seed and fertilizer.
How much it will cost: $ for watering your lawn + $50 to rent aerator + $ for fertilizer = about $100
- Professional Lawn Mowing:
Don’t let the word professional scare you away and make you think that it will cost a fortune. With a little practice, you can even learn the professional mowing method yourself, if you don’t want to pay someone else to do it for you. One thing you can do to make your lawn look professionally cut is to give your lawn the striped look. The trick to getting your grass to have the striped look is to bend the grass. For this you will need a roller. Most professional lawn mowers have one attached directly to the lawn mower, but to save money you can just buy a roller instead of buying an entirely new lawn mower. You can find them in certain stores as an add-on accessory. Then simply mow in one direction for one stripe, and the opposite direction for the next stripe. If you want your stripes to look thicker do two stripes one way and two stripes the other way.
How much it will cost: $50-$150 one time cost
Bagging your grass can get expensive. It also puts extra waste in landfills that is unnecessary. Mulching is awesome good for your grass because it prevents water moisture from your grass from evaporating quickly. If your grass clippings are clumpy after you have mowed your lawn, you can simply rake over them a bit to even them out.
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on your yard, fear not because these tips will have your yard becoming the talk of the neighborhood in no time.
Written by Clark Jones, owner of Tree Frog Complete Grounds Maintenance. Tree Frog Complete Grounds Maintenance is Columbia, Missouri’s best solution when it comes to landscaping and lawn maintenance. They also provide snow removal services in the winter.