No matter when you are planning to sell your house, one of the most obvious ways to ensure that it sells quickly for the maximum possible price is to keep up with its curb appeal…especially during those hot summer months.
Come the middle of July and early August, it’s going to be easy to give in to the temptation and let the hot summer months take control of your yard.
But if you put some effort into a few key focus areas, you can maintain both the lawn and landscaping in a way that makes your house stand out compared to all of the others on your block.
So when the sun starts pounding away later this month, here are a few tips and tricks to help your lawn survive.
Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short
When the weather gets warm and the rainy days become more and more scarce, the lawn is going to be suffering the most. One of the simplest ways to help your grass stand up to the elements this summer is to make sure that your lawn mower isn’t cutting it too short.
It can also be a big help to change your mowing pattern each time you cut the grass. And you should consider redistributing the clippings instead of bagging them so that they can act as a fertilizer.
Fertilize Your Yard Seasonally
Speaking of fertilizer, the selection of seasonal products available has come a long way in recent years. Many of the major fertilizer companies are selling different blends designed to achieve different results based on the season.
Invest in spreading some fertilizer that will help your yard stand up to hot summers, a lack of water, and even that dreaded crab grass!
Choose Your Plants Carefully
While most of us don’t really consider what type of grass we are planting, we do tend to be a little pickier about the types of plants that show up in our landscaping. If you are still deciding, make sure that what you choose has a good chance of holding up well against the summer months in your part of the country.
By simply selecting plants that require less overall maintenance, you will make your life a whole lot easier for years to come.
Keep the Weeds to a Minimum
If your landscaping is filled with weeds, you have a two-fold problem on your hands. First, those weeds look terrible. Second, they are robbing your plants of crucial water and nutrients that they will need to survive the hot summer months.
Invest some time in making sure that your weeds are taken care of properly, and you also might want to consider investing in some weed-killing products like Preen mulch that will prevent future growth.
Water As Much As Possible
In many areas of the country, watering your lawn or landscaping is forbidden or severely restricted during the summer months. But you should definitely be making every effort to water your lawn as much as you are allowed to in your particular community.
Having an automatic sprinkler system is a great way to make sure that this gets done regularly, but using an old fashioned portable sprinkler can do the trick.
Watch Out for Bugs
The final concern that you will want to guard your lawn and landscaping against are those pesky bugs that tend to eat everything in their site.
Treating your yard with one of the popular bug and insect killers on the market can make a tremendous impact on preventing those bugs from eating away at your curb appeal.
If you aren’t a big fan of pesticides, there are some really powerful natural options that have come to market in recent years. Ask about them at your local home improvement store!
Guarding your lawn and landscaping against the hot summer months is not exactly rocket science, but it does require a certain amount of physical work. With just a little bit of targeted effort, you can be sure that your house will be one of the nicest looking ones on the block.