The rainy season is almost over and it is now the best time for homeowners to plan ways to weed out the unwanted creepers and grass and start decorating their gardens for the new season. Part of the after-monsoon garden maintenance entails caring for your garden and readying it not only for your guests, but also for you and your family. Invariably while you should not neglect these chores, you can take solace in the fact that garden maintenance does not require nearly as much time as mowing does during the rainy season. Here are some home landscaping tips that will not only save you some money, but will also take care of your landscape.
Cleaning the lawn: The first and foremost step to preparing your holiday home for the season ahead is to clean the lawn thoroughly. Pick up any debris that may have accumulated over the months and give in a good raking. A vigorous raking will go a long way to give a wake-up call to the lawn for the season because cleaning the lawn invigorates the grass and improves water and nutrient uptake.
Preparing a wish-list: The second step is to make a list of the stuff that you already own and to prepare a wish-list. Go over your wish-list again to see if you absolutely need everything on it. Also make a budget of how much you are willing to spend for landscaping your garden.
De-clogging the drainage system: If you had any problems with the drainage system during the rains, this is probably the best time to attend to it. This is essential because poor drainage can cause water to pool around your house’s foundation, leading to leaks and expensive water damage. Ideally, drainage should be uniform throughout the lawn, preventing any pooling whatsoever. At the very least, drainage should lead water away from the foundation of your home to the lawn and eventually to the main outlet.
Hire a Professional: Another tip to get a good job done while saving some bucks, is to talk to a professional instead of hiring one. Today there are several landscaping contractors in the market who can be hired easily on the terms you set based on the size of your lawn, etc. Professional companies or a landscaping contractor are more proficient, can handle the job better and will cost you less than hiring a full-time employee. Moreover, if you take the services of a professional, you will not need to buy the equipment involved which will bring down the cost of spring cleaning and landscaping your lawn.
Map out your landscape: If you have decided to make some changes to your current landscaping, make a sketch of your lawn indicating what sort of trees, shrubs, or plants you would like to add. It is always a good idea to consult a gardener or landscaper at the nursery before making any final decisions or purchases.
Plants: Buying plants for your lawn is the next important component. Make sure you know well about the type of soil of your lawn, its fertility, etc. and buy the plants accordingly. If you are looking for flowering or ornamental plants, look around in the locality. Find out which flowers appeal to the eyes more and which are best for the weather. Plants and trees hearty enough to survive the cool nights, can be put in the ground now.
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