Tips for Keeping Your Yard Looking Nice

Even if your home's exterior has been beautifully kept up, few people will be able to appreciate that if your lawn is messy or neglected. Luckily, it doesn't take much to keep your lawn looking nice. Here's what to do in order to have an enviable lawn.

Eliminate Weeds

Weeds can be aggressive and choke out the grass in your lawn. While you can always uproot the occasional weed, you often end up having to systematically deal with these nuisance plants. According to Preventive Pest, in order to prevent weeds from sprouting, it’s important to properly fertilize your lawn and water your lawn without giving too little or too much water. If pesky weeds continue to grow back, consider hiring a professional to spray your lawn with a weed-targeting herbicide.

Discourage Moles and Rodents

Moles and rodents, especially those that burrow, can cause considerable damage to your lawn. In many metro areas, rats are quickly becoming a major lawn problem. Having rodents in your lawn gets them closer to your home, which also raises your risk of having an in-home infestation. There are several strategies for getting rid of lawn rodents. One popular way to do this is to purchase devices that emit a sound underground. Humans can't hear these sounds, but they repel burrowing animals. Dry ice can also be used in rat burrows, because the CO2 produced humanely kills rats. However, dealing with dangerous chemicals can seriously backfire so if possible, contact a professional with experience using these hazardous materials.

Prevent Flooding

Especially if your home is located at or below sea level, heavy rains may cause parts of your lawn to become partially flooded. In order to stop this from happening, there are a few steps you can take. If you're getting ready to reseed your lawn, filling with topsoil is a start. Another idea is burying perforated drain pipes. According to Home Efficiency Guide, covering the drain pipes with stone is ideal. This creates a decorative stone or gravel area, but it also lets rainwater drain easily into the pipes. If many areas in your lawn become flooded, you may need more than one drainage spot. If you are not completely confident in your abilities to deal with the drainage system of your yard, be sure to contact a professional that can get the job done efficiently and safely.

There are plenty of ways your lawn can quickly start looking rough. However, once you've taken precautions against weeds and rodents and installed systems to combat puddling water if necessary, the only thing left to do is routine maintenance. By monitoring your lawn and taking steps early on if you suspect a problem, you will be well on your way to a beautiful, head-turning lawn that's free of unwanted elements.

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