Most homeowners have heard the same advice when it comes to lawn maintenance: Don’t cut your grass too short, water no more than once every three days, mulch grass clippings instead of bagging, etc. But what about lesser-known landscaping tips? Here are five uncommon yard-related tips that are sure to improve the look of your landscaping.1. Keep Fertilization Simple
Mid-summer fertilization can improve the look of your lawn, but a lush yard will need more water and is less resilient to droughts and extremely hot weather. As a rule, it’s a good idea to skip summer fertilization. You’ve got better things to do with your time and money.2. Sharpen Your Mower Blade
Many homeowners neglect to routinely sharpen their lawn mower blade. As a result, the dull blade tears the grass rather than cutting it. This stresses the grass, causing it to use 40 to 60 percent more water as it tries to recover. If you haven’t sharpened your mower blade this summer, it’s a good idea to do it before your next mow.3. Check Your Sprinklers
If you have an underground sprinkler system, now is a good time to check your settings. Take a look at your lawn. Are there areas that are much greener than others? If so, you could be overwatering areas that don’t need it. Dialing down your watering times won’t harm your lawn, but it will cut down on your water bill. Speaking of bills, many water utility providers are offering rebates on high-efficiency sprinkler heads and water-saving control panels. If your system is more than a decade old, now is a great time to think about making a few updates.4. Make the Grade
Quick question: What’s the slope around the foundation of your house? If it’s anything less than six inches over the first 10 feet, you could be dealing with serious foundation issues, including water intrusion, structural damage and loosening or breaking of your water and gas lines. Now is the perfect time to re-grade any shallow areas by adding fill dirt near the foundation.5. Hire a Landscaping Service
When you go on vacation, you might miss sleeping in your own bed, but do you miss mowing your lawn? Probably not. Hiring a lawn service is one of the easiest ways to free up your time without risking damage to your lawn.