With the dawning of a new year, many people take it upon themselves to look for aspects of their lives to improve upon. After all, a new year indicates a fresh start—a checkpoint on the calendar reminding us that opportunity and possibility are both exciting prospects. While common New Year’s resolutions often involve losing weight or kicking a bad habit, they can also apply to smaller goals—like lawn care. Resolving to take better care of your lawn in 2018 may not be as earth-shattering as dropping 100 pounds, but you—and your lawn—will surely appreciate the effort. Take a look at these lawn care New Year’s resolutions for 2018!
- Prepare for pruning. Winter is the best time of year for pruning plants—when trees and shrubs are dormant. Pruning in the winter also gives the plant time to recover before the spring season. The pruning process is necessary to remove dead or dying branches from trees and shrubs that can adversely affect the health of the plant.
- Work on weeds. If weeds are taking over your lawn’s landscape, then resolve to eradicate them in 2018. It is important to get rid of weeds in your yard because they deplete your soil and other surrounding plants of necessary nutrients and water that the good plants need to thrive. In addition, their presence makes for a messy appearance in your yard.
- Make sure you mulch. Mulch plays an important role in your garden beds, and it makes them look more attractive. Though you may typically recognize it as tree bark or pine straw, mulch can be any material that is laid over the surface of soil in order to cover it. It helps the soil retain moisture, keep weeds from growing and can even improve the soil’s fertility, depending on the type of mulch used.
- Cut grass correctly. Cutting grass to the correct height helps ensure that it grows to be healthy and substantial. The height at which you should cut your grass for its maximum benefit depends on the type of grass you have growing in your yard. Maintaining your lawn at the idea height will leave it less susceptible to weeds, drought and even damage from heat.
- Don’t waste water. One important one among our lawn care New Year’s resolutions for 2018 is to avoid wasting water when tending to your yard. You can do this by using a timer for your sprinklers, collecting rainwater in a barrel to water your plants and watering at optimal times of the day. Experts suggest that the best time to water your lawn is early in the morning, between 4 and 10 a.m.
- Employ outdoor extras. In addition to caring for your grass and plants, lawn care can also involve cultivating an inviting landscape that you will want to spend time in. Use items like accent lighting, outdoor furniture, fountains, planters, fencing and more to dress up your yard and the surrounding area.
- Stock up on supplies. Resolve in 2018 to make sure you have all of the tools you need to effectively take care of your lawn! Need a new lawnmower or trimmer? Invest in one this year that will last. Taking care of your lawn will be much more enjoyable when you have equipment that works well.
- Enjoy your yard. After you’ve done all this work on your yard, make it a point in 2018 to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Plan a barbecue with friends, or kick back with a good book and a glass of sweet tea. You deserve it!
Whether you end up making lawn care New Year’s resolutions for 2018 or go another direction, do your best to keep them by setting small goals and tracking your progress along the way! Happy New Year!
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