Making a good first impression when you’re trying to sell your home is vital, and one of the first things prospective buyers are going to see is your front yard.  There’s nothing quite as important as having a luxurious, well-maintained landscape to set the scene when a buyer first sees your property. 

Unfortunately, this summer’s heat waves are taking a major toll on landscaping. But there are several things you can do to avoid a scraggly, brown grass, withered shrubs and dead flowers.

When caring for the lawn, remember not to cut the grass too short.  Making your front yard look like a putting green might be nice, but trimming that closely to the ground can wind up doing far more harm than good in a hot, dry climate.  Set your lawn mower to cut just the scraggly tops of the grass and your lawn will reward you for it. 

In dryer climates, the lack of rain means lawns will dry out and go dormant.  It won’t die, but it won’t be a gorgeous, healthy looking green.  Keeping it looking that way requires regular watering, and if mother nature isn’t helping, you’ll need to get out the sprinklers and hoses.

Now would be a good time to remind you to check to see if you’re under watering restrictions, a common ordinance in areas affected by drought.  Watering rules can be very specific and the fines expensive.  If you have a sprinkler system, double check to make sure it’s set to run only during the allowed time frame.

Watering a large lawn can be an expensive proposition when the water bill comes.  You can make the most of watering by doing it at night, when the sun won’t evaporate the moisture before it has time to soak into the ground.  Soaker hoses cost about the same as regular hoses, but use less water more efficiently.

Soaker hoses are also ideal for keeping shrubs, flower beds and gardens alive during the brutal summer months.  Heat and lack of rain can kill delicate plants quickly, so keep a close eye on them and keep them well-watered if you want them to stay looking good for the entire season.

You can save yourself a lot of headaches ahead of time by planting drought resistant strains of grass and plants, especially in areas where the soil quality is poor.  And make sure you feed your landscape with the right amount of the proper fertilizers.

Without mother nature’s help, maintaining a beautiful lawn may take a little work, but the result is well worth the effort when you want to sell your home.

 

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