Top Tips to Maintain a Manageable and Budget-Friendly Yard

Maintaining an enviable-looking yard can be both time consuming and costly. Just imagine the number of hours you need to spend during the weekend mowing the turf, keeping your plants hydrated with gallons of water, and pruning your greens to keep diseases at bay. Likewise, think of how much money you need to spend in order to fertilize your plants and keep those damaging pests from attacking them.

If you are starting to get tired of the work and money involved in maintaining a beautiful yard, perhaps it’s about time that you do some changes on its upkeep. With a few easy steps, you can have a hassle-free and cost-effective yard without necessarily sacrificing its aesthetics. Here are some ways how you can make that happen.

Let the turf grow long

You might be used to the idea of keeping the grass in your lawn well trimmed. However, if you want to have a healthier and lush yard, consider growing the grass a little longer. Although this may not give you the perfect “manicured yard” look you are after, taller grasses hold moisture longer and better and they also provide a natural control against weeds. How tall you want to keep your grass will depend on the variety that you planted as well as the area where you live in. For instance, if you use cool-season grasses, they work well if left to grow 2 ½ to 3 inches taller. Warm-season grasses, on the other hand, are best left at around 2 inches.

Plant according to your yard’s conditions

If you want to minimize the work in your yard as well as the amount of money you need to spend on its upkeep, plant greens and blooms that work well on the conditions in your yard. For example, if you have a shady and wet area with no drainage, then you need to pick plants that thrive well on these conditions, such as turtlehead, ferns and Iris just to name a few. You may also want to settle with plants that are native to your area. Basically, the key to this technique is that you allow the plants to do the work for you. Once you plant according to the conditions in your yard, you will find that you do not need to frequently do those backbreaking tasks to keep your yard looking beautiful.

Break your yard into zones

The lawn space in your yard does not only waste a lot of precious real estate, it also consumes a lot of water and takes a lot of upkeep time. Hence, instead of maintaining an expansive yard, break it up into zones. Dedicate a space for entertaining guests, establish borders and walkways, and add a water feature or a rock garden. Doing these things will reduce you yard’s water use and will also make it more visually interesting.

Mulch it

All too often, many homeowners overlook the importance of mulching because they think that it has one dimensional purpose which is to control weed. However, mulching is also one of the best ways for you to be able to save water, allow the greens and blooms to thrive in your yard by improving its soil condition and at the same time improve the appearance of the space. There are numerous mulches available in the market and you can purchase them at different price points. Consider buying a mulch that will best serve your yard’s needs.


McIntyre Masonry is a leading provider of a wide range of services related to stonemasonry in Edinburgh and Lothian areas. The article above was written by one of the company’s regular contributors.

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About smallmanconstruction

Tim Smallman, the general contractor behind Smallman Construction and Electric, has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. In 2003, Tim decided to leave the corporate world behind and get back to what he loved most about construction: helping his friends, neighbors, and anyone in need achieve their home and business improvement dreams. By founding his company on a principal of customer service, open book bidding, and integrity, Tim has been blessed with a great deal of success. This success has enabled him to expand operations and create an electrical division in 2006. Tim has made San Carlos his family's home for many years. They spend a considerable amount of time supporting their community and striving to make it a great place to live and work. Tim is active in the San Carlos community, coaching youth sports, participating in the Kiwanis Show and the Chickens Ball since 1989, with the proceeds going to the San Carlos Schools and other charitable organizations.

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