Now that it’s spring, your yardwork agenda is in full swing. Maintaining a large property certainly presents its challenges in terms of sheer size, but conversely, taking care of a smaller lawn comes with obstacles of its own. As you don’t want to outdo yourself by spending too much money on equipment you don’t need, it can sometimes be difficult to discern exactly what will help you keep a smaller yard in top shape. Check out these tips for tending to a small lawn.
- Research what you need. It’s very easy to overspend if you don’t do the proper research. Ask yourself what you need in order to figure out what equipment will suit you. A few good questions to keep in mind are: What is your budget? What are the constraints of your yard—is it steep, rocky, etc.? How much storage space do you have for equipment? How often will you use what you’re planning to buy? Make sure that you research different lawncare options, such as push mowers, tillers, and trimmers. If you don’t have enough in your budget to spring for big ticket machinery, consider renting equipment instead. This can be from a company or a neighbor, depending on what’s accessible to you.
- Avoid overwatering. Not only does it cost a lot of money to continuously water your lawn, but it may also be unhealthy for the environment. Summertime highlights drought issues in the area, so make sure that you are conscientiously using natural resources.
- Figure out the layout—and how to deal with it. You may prefer a simple lawn or you might enjoy planting trees and gardens. Make sure that if you’re going to change up your yard that you know how you’ll maintain it. This could mean putting stone barriers around your garden to mark troublesome obstacles to avoid to laying down new beds of grass in patchy areas.
- Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Sometimes, people overexert themselves in hot weather simply because they want to get their tasks over and done with. Don’t fall victim to this mistake! It could have serious ramifications on your health. Know the signs of heatstroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion. Additionally, make sure you wear sunscreen and look into safety glasses designed for cutting lawns. Finally, make sure you drink plenty of water and take breaks as you’re working so that you don’t overdo it.
- Record and divide up yard work. If you’re fortunate enough to have other people in your household who can help you in taking care of a small lawn, use this to your advantage. Record the kind of work that needs to be done—pulling weeds, trimming hedges, watering the garden, etc.—and divide it up fairly. This will keep you from working too hard—and getting exhausted or sunburned—while also allowing you to maintain your lawn.
- Consider getting an Automower. The Husqvarna Automower is designed to complete the arduous task of trimming your yard for you. Because you can control it remotely via an app on your phone, you can even keep your lawn in shape if you’re halfway around the world.
- Don’t do it all on your own. If you have the means, consider ways to lessen your workload. The previously mentioned Automower is a great start when it comes to cutting grass. There are other ways to ensure a great lawn without too much work. Installing a simple sprinkler system, for instance, will save lots of time. Additionally, it might be helpful to weigh the prices of buying lawn equipment versus hiring the occasional lawn service. If you have a small lawn, it might be more cost-effective to let someone else do the work for you, as your tools won’t get too much use on a yearly basis.
Maintaining your yard in the summer heat can prove difficult, but luckily there are ways to work around potential property troubles. With these tips for taking care of a small lawn, you’re on your way to success. Time to be the envy of your neighborhood!
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