Your yard makes a big difference in the appearance and condition of your home and property. A yard that is unkempt with weeds and shaggy grasses will bring down the value of your home and can make your home look neglected and vacant, which can be a magnet for vandals. Here are some beneficial elements to add into your yard and landscaping to boost its health and appearance and keep up your home's value.
Supplement the Soil
The types, condition, and amount of vegetation, trees, and lawn you grow within your yard has a direct relation to your yard's appearance. And did you know the type of soil in your yard can affect the vegetation growing? Soil that is full of clay, hard, and lacking the needed nutrients will leave your plants without the food they need to grow large.
Many construction companies will remove all the fertile topsoil from your lot when they build a home, and they don't replace it. This can leave your soil hardly able to grow a lawn in your yard. And unless a previous homeowner has added compost or fertilizer to the soil, your yard is going to be void of beneficial plant food. Therefore, you should consider adding a good supply of compost to your property, which you can mix into the soil for your landscaping.
You can buy compost in bags from a landscaping company or local home and garden store. You can also order larger amounts of compost from a local supplier, which they will deliver to your property and spread around onto the desired areas of soil. Work the compost into the soil as you plant seedlings, new lawn, trees, and shrubbery.
You will notice an immediate difference in the amount of growth and healthy vegetation your plants will show. Soil void of nutrients will merely keep vegetation alive and it will not show any growth nor produce flowers and fruit.
Add Mulch and Curbing
Another way you can improve the health and appearance of your property is by adding curbing and mulch covering where appropriate. Your landscaped areas containing trees, vegetation, and flowers can benefit from a layer of wood chip mulch to protect the soil and plants. A covering of mulch protects the soil by keeping moisture within the soil and prevents weeds from growing thickly. Mulch that is made of wood chips can also decompose and break down to put nutrients back into the soil, making it rich and dark.
Additionally, add curbing to the edges of your landscaped areas to keep the mulch in place and from spreading into your lawn and onto paved areas. The curbing also provides a visual structure around the landscaping and improve its appearance.