Taking Care of Your Backyard in Summer
Spring has sprung, and the season of outdoor fun, barbecues and good times is here. It’s also the time for yard work and preparation to make sure your yard is ready to handle all the fun. These ideas will get you on your way to hosting parties like a champion.
One of the more annoying parts of the summer is the bugs. With mosquitoes, which can spread disease and also generally annoy guests, there are solutions to keep them at bay.
There are mosquito control systems that keep the mosquito population under control in your yard, decreasing the chances of you and your guests being bitten. With mosquito barriers, the mosquito population is reduced by running the machine 24/7, trapping the mosquitoes until their breeding cycle is interrupted.
Are there bare patches of grass? Sticks from the rainy Spring season littering your yard? It’s a good idea to start earlier rather than later for clean up and planting. All the planning in the world can't account for the time that is needed to get your yard into tip top shape.
As for grass planting, the answer for when to plant seed may surprise you. Most experts agree in the northern part of the country, it’s a good idea to plant grass in late August into early October. By working at the end of the summer season, you can be sure the yard looks great when summer comes back around.
Keep Up With It
Once it’s time to start mowing the grass, be sure to mow it every five to seven days and keep it at the proper length. If you wait too long or not frequently enough to maintain a lower profile, you could find yourself with grass clumping or excessive leavings once you do get around to cutting it. If it rains, be sure to leave adequate time to allow the grass to dry before mowing it.
Pay Attention to the Shrubs as Well
While everyone knows to keep the grass well cut, it’s important to pay attention to the various bushes, plants and other shrubs around your property as well. Your grass can look spectacular but it might not mean anything if the shrubs aren't properly maintained. I like to keep the shrubs tight, without long branches that can take away from the intended shape. While clean up can be a hassle, by placing a tarp or sheet underneath the shrub before trimming, you can easily haul off the trimmings without having to meticulously pick it up out of the grass.
If It is Too Much, Find Some Help
If your yard is too large or you are too busy to give it the attention to keep it maintained, it might be a good idea to find some professional help. Hiring a landscaping service can keep your yard looking great while you are at work. You can often hire for complete service or just to supplement your efforts.
The time of being outdoors is upon us. Keep that yard green and pristine and you'll enjoy the season!
Guest Author Byline: This is a guest post by Mike Ishman who blogs about a variety of subjects.