Sure, remodeling the kitchen helps. Sprucing up the bathroom is nice. But, dollar for dollar, you can sometimes get more green from a green lawn than you do from those inside projects.
This should make you love your landscaping even more. A study from Michigan State University says that good landscaping can increase your home's value by 5-11 %. Also, Money Magazine states that you get a 100-200% return on your investment in landscaping, versus 75% for kitchen remodeling.
Summer beats up on a weak lawn. Heat, drought, bugs, and foot traffic can make it look pretty sad. A good feeding right about now with Scots® Turf Builder® can make your yard strong enough for the season.
If you're like most people, you've been mowing your grass down to about 1 ˝ inches. That makes it grow shallow roots, which can't reach moisture when the weather turns dry. So you have to water more and more. If you put your mower on one of its highest settings, you'll help your grass grow stronger roots. Also, it'll shade out competing weeds, giving you a lush, green lawn. Don't let your grass grow too long between mowings. You only want to cut off the top third at most. You may have to mow more often, but your lawn will look great.
Summers can be brutal on lawns. Drought and heat can cause thin and bare spots to crop up. The good news is that autumn gives you ideal soil and temperature conditions for successful seeding. Use Scotts® Turf Builder® Grass Seed for a lush, healthy-looking lawn.
When you admire a neighbor's yard, your eye tends to settle on the trees and shrubs. When you plant them, they like to settle into their new homes before they get busy growing. By planting them in the fall, you help them establish strong roots before the spring rush. Just dig a hole about a foot or two wider than the root ball. Put your new tree or shrub in the hole, then backfill with the dirt you dug out. Give it a good, deep watering and you're all set.
Having tulips or other bulbous plants pop up in the spring is a gardener's delight. What's even nicer, they're easy to plant. Wait till fall, when soil temperatures are a little cooler. Then plant your big bulbs about eight inches deep, and the smaller ones about five inches deep. Just make sure that the soil drains well. Then sit back and wait for compliments the following spring.