When it comes to lawn maintenance advice, we’ve all heard the standards: don’t cut your grass too short, water no more than once every three days, mulch grass clippings instead of bagging. But what about some of the lesser-known landscaping tips?1. Keep It Simple
There are competing schools of thought on whether it makes sense to fertilize over the summer. While mid-summer fertilization can improve the look of your lawn, a lush lawn is a high maintenance lawn since it needs more water and is less tolerant to drought stress. Skip the summer fertilization. You’ve got better things to do with your time and money.2. Sharpen Your Mower Blade
This might fall into the obvious for some, but many of us neglect to keep our lawn mower blades as sharp as they should be. That neglect could cost you as dull blades tear rather than cut grass. This, in turn, 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, do it soon.3. Check Your Sprinklers
If you have an underground sprinkler system now’s 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 in those zones 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’s a great time to think about making a few water saving updates.4. Make the Grade
Quick question: What’s the slope around the foundation of your house? If it’s anything less than 6 inches over the first ten feet you could be dealing with serious foundation issues, including water intrusion, structural damage to your floors and walls, and loosening or breaking of your water and gas lines. Now’s is the perfect time to re-grade any areas that need it 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 you lawn? Probably not. Sure, it’s nice to get out and push the mower around for a few hours, but we’re guessing there are a few other projects you could be tackling if you didn’t have to mow the lawn. Hiring a lawn service is one of the easiest ways to free up your time without sacrificing the yard you’ve worked so hard to establish. Make the call. You’ve earned it.