There’s no denying that landscaping increases your home’s value. In fact, it can increase the value of a home 5% to 20%.
Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home anytime soon, there’s still a very good probability that you selected your current home because it had a beautifully amazing yard where your children could play, entertain guests, or just sit outside and enjoy Mother Nature. So, why wouldn’t you want to keep it clean and tidy?
If the answer is because you don’t have the time, then you need to read these five tips that will keep your yard in order without have to devote too much time and money.
- Have the Right Tools.
The first step that you have to take when keeping your yard clean and tidy is by making sure that you have all the right tools and equipment in advance. Some of the essentials that you’ll need are gloves, a rake, shovel, clippers, shears, wheelbarrow, large yard trash bags, hose, and fertilizer.
If you have a larger yard investing in equipment like a lawn tractor is another necessity. To make your life even easier, you should also look into investing tractor accessories like the Cyclone Rake. You just hook-up to your mower and it vacuums all of those leaves and other debris that are covering your grounds. It saves you a ton of time instead of raking by hand and scooping them into a bag or wheelbarrow.
“We’ve noticed that when people don’t have the right tools they won’t make cleaning their yard a priority,” says Matt Coz, President of Woodland Power Products, makers of the Cyclone Rake. “With equipment like the Cyclone Rake, there’s never an excuse to have a messy yard,” says Coz.
- Be Proactive About Weeding, Pruning, and Trimming.
It’s tempting to put off weeding, pruning, and trimming. It’s time-consuming and isn’t always the best activity for your back. But, instead of letting trees, bushes, and weeds get unruly, take a couple of minutes to pull those couple of dandelions and cut down those broken or overgrown branches before it becomes a full-day chore.
- Landscape with Mulch.
Mowing is one of the easiest ways to keep your yard looking sharp – I dare you not to mow for a couple of weeks, I bet it’s going to look like a jungle. But, let’s be honest, not all of us have the time to mow as much as we would like.
You can reduce the amount of grass to cut by getting a little creative with your landscaping. For example, you could mulch around your garden, flowerbeds, and trees. These islands not only replace the amount of grass that you have to mow, it also gives your yard a little personality. And, it’s inexpensive. You can actually use the Cyclone Rake I mentioned earlier to convert those fallen leaves and yard debris into mulch.
- Maintain your Furniture, Patio, and Deck.
Outdoor furniture, a patio, and deck are all ways to transform your yard into a brilliant social space. They also can add some color and definition to your outdoor area. But, when we don’t maintain these items, it makes the outdoor area look tired and rundown.
Most of the time, you can simply sweep or brush your furniture, patio, and decks to remove outdoor debris. It only takes a couple of minutes and will definitely make your yard appear a whole lot cleaner and maintained. Also don’t forget to cover or store your furniture when it’s not in use, especially when it gets too cold to sit outside anymore.
Also, don’t forget to stain or paint your deck at least every other year unless you have a PVC or composite deck in which case, you should power wash at least every other year. And, if your furniture needs a little TLC, but isn’t broken, then you can power wash, spray paint or stain the furniture to breathe new life into it.
- Put Everything Away.
This is probably the easiest and quickest way to keep your yard clean and tidy. Whether if it’s your yard tools, dog and children toys, bikes, or shoes, not picking up after yourself can quickly lead to a messy and cluttered yard. And, it also can cause damage to your mower and accessories. Running over metal gardening tools will definitely wear down or shatter your blades.
Purchase a shed, if you have the space, so that you can store all of your tools and outdoor equipment in one location. This will not only keep your yard clutter-free, it will also keep you organized so that you can locate these items when you need them. And, sheds can add another dimension to your yard.
When you have the right tools, a place to conveniently store them, stay-on-top of weeding, trimming, and pruning, and maintain your furniture, patio, and deck, it won’t be so overwhelming and time-consuming to keep your yard clean and tidy.