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5 Tips to Caring for Your Home’s Perimeter

The condition of your yard not only affects your home’s curb appeal, it also changes how you and your family feel about your home. When your home’s perimeter is dotted with vibrant landscaping, when the lawn is green and flush, and when well-maintained walkways lead to the front door, it becomes a pleasant and special place that you call home, rather than just a house. Most homeowners can maintain and improve their home’s perimeter by following these tips, as recommended in Consumer Reports. Here is what you need to know.

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Test the Soil

How well your lawn grows during the springtime depends on the soil’s nutrients and its PH balance. Having the soil tested in the early spring allows you to make plans for fertilizing and treating PH. To get the test completed inexpensively, you can send a soil sample to any of the over 100 land grant schools across the country. They can be found at the Department of Agriculture Extension Service website.

If the soil has a low PH, than it is acidic. Adding lime to acidic soil helps grass growth. High PH soil, on the other hand, requires elemental sulfur. By adding these to your soil before the spring rainy season, you are assured a bright green, fertile lawn all year.

Clear Debris

If you are like most homeowners, after the snow melts, you’ve got debris on the lawn. Make sure to clear all of this debris early in the springtime. Debris patches block the sunlight from reaching the grass. Fail to clear the debris, and you can have bare dirt patches on the lawn.

Use Mulch

Leaves left over from the fall are an asset. They can be ground into a mulch using your lawn mower attachment or a mulching kit. When mulch feeds your lawn, it requires less fertilizer.

Repair Walkways

The process of freezing and thawing causes cracks in cement. These cracks should be fixed every spring with concrete-crack filler, which takes care of any gaps. Paving stones may become loose. To prevent a reoccurrence next year, implant them at least six inches below the soil line.

Get the Sprinklers You Need Early

A dry spring can mean you’ll need to get those sprinklers out early to grow a lush lawn. Even with a wet spring, they are going to be needed during the dry summer periods. Durable and efficient lawn sprinklers are an important investment to make. With a wide variety of choices out there, finding one that gives you the reach you need to water your lawn is a cinch.

Yard and perimeter maintenance makes the difference between a home that you can be proud of and one that’s just a place to live. By starting lawn care early in the spring, you can take full advantage of the growing season. By using a sprinkler system that covers and saturates all key growing areas, you can have a lush lawn that will make your neighbors green with envy.

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Author Bio: Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family.  She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise.  Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons.  You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here <https://www.facebook.com/meghan.belnap> and Twitter right here <https://twitter.com/MeghanBelnap>.*

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