Have a plan
Lawn care – like anything related to maintain your home – is just a matter of 1.) making it part of your routine and; 2) getting know exactly what it is that you’re dealing with. The first thing we absolutely recommend doing first is figuring out what kind of grass you have and doing a soil test. This will help you with a number of things, from knowing how long/short your grass should be kept, how much
maintenance it’ll need to what kind of growth agents and fertilizers will/won’t work with your lawn. One you go through this ‘exploratory’ phase, it’ll make it that much easier to put a real, legitimate plan together as to how you’re going to take care of your lawn.
Be smart about your landscaping
As much as we’d love for you to dive head first into all the cool things you can do with your yard – our first bit of advise is to remember that you just spent a lot of money on your home. Before you go spending even more, take a step back and really get to know your lawn. In fact – take a season to watch it grow. Pay attention to when things bloom, when they don’t, when they go dormant, etc. Look for places that might be potential problem areas and even identify areas of strength. This takes
time – but again, taking a step back and getting to know your new home has legitimate value in it as it’ll help you best identify how to spend your money best.
Get on weeds early
Projects aside, the one thing you’ll want to make sure you are immediately on top of is making sure weeds don’t get the better of your lawn. If pulling them out yourself isn’t your thing, then it isn’t a bad idea nor is it a frivolous expense to call in a pro. Not only can they help you tackle that first wave of weeds, but they can help you get a head start on making sure they don’t come back. And also a word to the wise- if you’re flirting with fertilizers and pesticides – DO NOT do it yourself if you are a first time home owner. Get someone in the door who really knows what they’re doing.
How about that, right? Caring for a lawn can appear on its face to be a lot to worry about, but also owning your own property is a truly rewarding, fun experience. It’s your own little sliver of the world that you can make entirely your own. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, take your time – and trust us – you’ll get a lot more enjoyment out of it. After all – if you don’t have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over? Good luck!