A sometimes neglected aspect of home ownership is the landscaping element. If you are the vendor looking to sell your property this neglect and lack of maintenance is a real turn off for prospective buyers.
Do not ignore curb appeal, it is usually one of the defining factors in house selling. Even if you do not wish to sell and are living in the house of your dreams, if your garden is in disrepair it will lower the satisfaction you obtain from your home and make your street unappealing.
Along with decorating your home on the inside you need to decorate your home on the outside and any landscaping that is performed will add tremendous value to the property.
Whilst gardening can be a chore for some, the majority of Australian get a lot of satisfaction from doing their gardens up and this is something you can involve your children in from a young age. A well manicured lawn is a pleasure to look out on from your windows and also for neighbours who walk past your home. Having a lovely green lawn is a perfect setting to your patio and pergola.
Once you have determined the type of soil in your garden you can then go about adding any nutrients the ground might need in order to produce beautiful healthy plants and trees. This early ground work will be well worth it as it provides the foundation of a healthy flourishing garden. A good idea is to invest in a soil tester in order to see just what might be missing from the ground
Brown patches and missing grass
If you are troubled with brown patches or missing grass on your lawn it can really undermine the look and appeal of your property. These problems may have been caused by any number of factors including lack of maintenance, pets urinating on the grass or burnt patches from the sun. Fixing up these patches is fairly easy, dig up the brown bits and aerate the soil underneath with a fork, sprinkle grass seeds on top and water in. Keep the water up to the seeds and growing grass, also keep a watchful eye on any birds which may like a meal of these seeds!
By doing bits of regular maintenance such as removing old dead plants and trimming back shrubs and trees, you save yourself a lot of work in the long run. Instead of having to devote a whole day or weekend to this you can save a lot of backache and toil if the little things are kept under control.
Try to ensure you plant your garden according to the plants needs for sun or shade, consider which way the sun moves in the sky and read the labels on all the plants you buy. Give consideration to the type of soil you have also and by following these simple steps you are well on your way to watching your plants successfully thrive.
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