The landscape speaks volumes about your home's curb appeal and overall aesthetics. If it's messy and unkempt, your home will also look messy and unkempt. On the other hand, creating a neat and tidy landscape has a positive effect on your home's curb appeal. Unfortunately, many homeowners make one or more critical mistakes when designing their landscape. To prevent this from happening, you should familiarize yourself with the following do's and don'ts of creating a landscape.
Do Mow the Lawn Once a Week
In the summer and spring months, try to get into the habit of mowing your lawn at least once a week. Grass grows fast during this time of year, and waiting just two weeks may result in your yard turning into a jungle. Whether you do it yourself or a hire professional landscaper, mow your lawn at least once a week during summer and spring. When the fall season rolls around, you can cut back to mowing once every two to four weeks, or as needed.
Don't Mow Too Low
While mowing the law is important for creating an attractive landscape, you shouldn't mow it too low. Some homeowners assume that using the lowest blade setting is best because it takes grass longer to grow back. While true, mowing grass too low also stresses it. And if grass becomes too stressed, it may die or become diseased, neither of which is good. Set your lawnmower blade to 2 to 3 inches when mowing your lawn.
Do Remove Weeds
You can't expect your lawn to look clean and tidy is overrun with weeds. These invasive plants can emerge in even the toughest conditions, hence why they are problematic for homeowners. But part of creating an attracting landscape involves removing weeds. There are several ways to remove them; you can pull them out of the ground, ensuring that you get the root, for instance. Another idea is to spray them with a homemade or store-bought herbicide. White vinegar is an excellent all-natural herbicide that works wonders on weeds.
Don't Grow the Wrong Plants
When designing your landscape, choose plants that are suitable for your home's region. Different plants have evolved to thrive in different regions. Forcing a non-native plant into your home's landscape may result in that plant dying later down the road. To prevent this from happening, only choose plants that are suitable for your home's region. If you need help selecting plants, visit a plant nursery for assistance. They'll guide you in the right direction so that your landscape is filled with hearty, native plants.