When you’re filling out a mortgage application, you’re usually thinking of the house you want to buy – the walls, windows, doors and roof. However, purchasing a property means becoming the owner of more than just a house. Your front and back yards are a part of the bargain, and they can add their own unique challenges to the home owning process. Enjoying a beautiful lawn or garden shouldn’t mean spending excess time and money, and by using some smart strategies, it doesn’t have to.
Low maintenance lawns
Properly taking care of a lawn means mowing, watering, edging, fertilizing and treating for pests on a regular basis. If you’re not doing it yourself, chances are you’re paying someone else to do it. Either way, it’s possible to cut down on the time and energy it takes to have a beautiful lawn.
While the type of turf used for traditional lawns may make for a more uniform appearance, low-maintenance lawns more than make up for it by cutting down on labor-intensive work and costs. By using special turfgrasses, fescues and broadleaf species, you can make your lawn hardier, healthier and slower growing without constant upkeep.
A study from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation illustrates the benefits nicely.
“Residents with low-maintenance lawns spent 50 percent less time, 85 percent less money, and used 50 percent less fuel, 85 percent less fertilizer, 100 percent less water and 100 percent less pesticides per year than residents with conventional lawns,” the study states.
Not only can installing a low maintenance lawn save you time, energy and money, but less water, fuel and pesticides used benefit the environment as well.
Besides purchasing materials like mulch and fertilizer, the biggest costs associated with landscaping are for water. Plants are living things that require water to survive, and that need increases exponentially during the hotter months. Not only does this result in greater costs for homeowners, but it also puts pressure on municipalities struggling to keep up with water consumption. Fortunately, there are a number of easy ways to help you save money on watering and cut back on overuse.
Always keep in mind how much water is necessary. Overwatering will likely hurt your yard, not help it. Besides, if it rained recently, chances are you won’t need to water as much. In addition, try to do your watering early in the morning. This will cut down on evaporation and make the watering you do more beneficial.
If your sprinklers or hose are hitting the street, then you’re wasting money. Shooting water onto pavement won’t help anything, least of all your wallet and the environment. The way you arrange your yard can also help cut down on watering. Find out what kind of soil you’re dealing with. If your soil doesn’t retain much moisture, invest in compost to help it.
If certain vegetation requires more watering than others, group these plants together. This will make it easier to water them and reduce waste.
Try to create a yard that is not only suited for your property, but also the location in which you live. Horticultural professionals and avid gardeners can help you decide on the proper vegetation to use, taking into account soil, rainfall levels and other particulars unique to your region.
No matter what changes you make to your yard, landscaping should be able to enhance the beauty and value of your home without draining your energy and bank account.