The Basics of Lawn and Garden Care for Beginners

If you have moved into a new home,  especially your first new home, you’re probably reveling in all the space you have. You may have a separate dining room, and you  may even have a nice yard. All exciting things, for sure, but if you don’t know how to care for a lawn and/or garden, you may feel a little overwhelmed. Have no fear, though, because here are the basics of lawn care for first-timers.

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Dealing With Weeds

Weeds get a bad reputation. Many assume they are a total nuisance and a sign of a terrible lawn. But, some weeds like dandelions can protect the soil, and you may even want them. This does not account for all weeds, though. Some are indeed a nuisance, so you need to know how to recognize and remove them. One of the trickiest ones is crabgrass which looks a lot like regular grass. Check out how to get rid of crabgrass to keep your lawn weed-free and healthy.

Keeping It Lush

Everyone’s idea of a good lawn and garden is a sweep of lush green. But it can be a little trickier to achieve this than you might think. Regular mowing is a good place to start, but you shouldn’t mow it too low, as that can expose the soil. Experienced lawn owners will tell you that you need to water it at the right time of day. This is early in the morning, as the sun dries the grass quickly, to prevent rot. If your grass looks like it’s struggling to grow, fertilizer will give it the encouragement it needs.

Being Aware of Critters

Critters like squirrels and foxes are easy enough to spot and keep away from your yard with the right approach. However, there are also microscopic garden pests that you can’t always spot. If you aren’t careful and can’t recognize the signs of infestations, you’ll find all of your hard work comes to nothing, and you’re left with a yard that looks like it’s been ravaged by every bit of bad luck you can imagine. Understanding the seasonal presence of critters and knowing how to keep them away will save any issues.

Starting Simple

Once you get comfortable looking after your lawn, you may feel you’re ready to grow vegetables, fruits, or herbs. If not, you might still want to add some color to your yard. Some flowers are more beginner-friendly than others, so to get started, look at the easiest outdoor plants to purchase and set up in your yard. These are generally low maintenance, which means you can watch them grow independent of you, and it also means you won’t accidentally give them too much water or fertilizer.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Many people take pride in their yard, whether it’s a single patch of grass or acres of green that runs down towards the countryside. Maintaining a lawn and garden is not as scary as it may appear, and if you approach it with a little knowledge, you can take care of yours like a professional.

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  1. Pam,
    When I had a lawn, I kept it looking lush and green but there was so little of it that I decided to take it all out and make the front and back yard big flower beds…. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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