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Landscaping is supposed to be fun and give you an outlet for a relaxing afternoon alone or a fun activity with the kids. The second landscaping turns into an actual job, much like a career, the passion starts to take a turn for the worse.
It’s not always obvious when your yard or landscaping mentality takes a turn, but there are a few telltale signs that you have become a lazy DIY landscaper. If you notice any of these unpleasant landscape features or habits hitting your yard, then it’s time to step up your game and make sure your yard doesn’t turn into the eyesore of the community.
1. You Water Your Lawn at Night
I understand that watering a lawn at night is probably the easiest time to get it done. After all, we like to enjoy the sunlight, get our errands done or more often than not, work to pay the bills. Sadly, your landscape, grass, bushes and flowers don’t care for evening feedings.
Instead, you should water your lawns during the day, preferably early to mid morning. This lets the grass grow for at least four hours while basking in the afternoon sun. All in all, watering in the morning helps the photosynthesis process, which gives your lawn a gorgeous green exterior all my landscaping enthusiasts so deeply desire.
Some may call sprinklers lazy, but I call them efficient. See how to solve your watering problem once and for all with our sprinkler installation cost guide.
2. Your Lawn is Too Short
At first glance, you might be thinking, “if it’s really short, that must mean I am cutting it quite often. How is that lazy?” Well, I will tell you why.
Many homeowners assume that if they cut their lawn very short, they won’t have to cut it as often. You could do this, but your lawn won’t look as radiant as your neighbors.
Your lawn needs to produce sugar and allow sensitive roots to be exposed to sunlight. This is the only way your lawn will grow. Cutting your lawn too short ruins and shocks your lawn system. As a result, the clippings will be too thick to cut and brown patches will start to show, a clear sign that you are a lazy DIY landscaper.
Tip: Change your mowing direction each time you cut your lawn. It will minimize the appearance of any bumps or valleys in your yard.
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3. There is No Color in Your Yard
All landscapes need color. Just like home remodeling, a good use of contrasting elements, whether it be color or design standards like modern or traditional, can do wonders with large or small landscapes.
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A great way to add color without breaking the bank or your free day is by adding perennials. Perennials are plants that either stay alive and green all year, or grow back on their own every year. Some seem to die off when cold weather sets in, but spring brings new sprouts time after time. Annuals do die in cold weather, so they must be replaced every spring (once a year isn’t too bad).
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4. Your Yard is Full of Neglected, Large Landscaping Projects
Just like the beginning of the year, many of us try to bite off more than we can chew. The same goes for landscaping.
You know how much time you have to manage and maintain your lawn. If you’re juggling your job, multiple kids and numerous other responsibilities, you may want to skip high maintenance landscaping projects.
With high maintenance projects, such as new trees, a pond or other enhanced water features, neglect is not an option. They will stand out like a cabin home in urban America.
Your ambition is admirable, but when it comes to DIY landscaping, never bite off more than you can chew.
5. Your Design was Poorly Planned
Your roof and siding can be two of the most expensive projects to repair. While poor installation can cause either to peal or tear, there are other aspects that contribute.
Animals play a big role in ruining roofs and home exteriors across America. One of the easiest ways homeowners give these creatures access to their home is via big trees right next to the home.
Poor landscape planning can lead to flowers in the wrong area or trees too close to the home. Trees, if too close, allow pests to penetrate your roofing and attic space, inhibiting roofing ventilation. Furthermore, broken branches may directly damage your roof. Hedges, meanwhile, can trap moisture in your siding and lead to mold and rot. These and other less common mistakes are also important reasons to consider hiring a professional landscaping designer.
Passion is the key to any great product, including your yard. If watering or cutting your lawn has turned into an unwanted chore, than it might be time to install sprinklers or hire the pros. Either way, don’t become the eyesore of the community by becoming a lazy DIY landscaper.