Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What Not to Do When Landscaping Your North Shore Home This Summer

Summer has officially begun here on the North Shore and we're all looking forward to spending some much-needed time in the sun! If you're a homeowner, you might even be ready to tackle your yard and landscaping as an activity that lets you enjoy the weather and boosts your curb appeal.

But before you start digging and watering, it's important to mind these few tips that will allow your garden and lawn to flourish without over—or under—doing it.

Don't water unless necessary
While you may be tempted to grab your garden hose and dust off the sprinkler, instead you'll want to reevaluate your strategy. Only water your plants after they've just been planted, when the dirt looks a little dry in your garden or if you see plants wilting or losing leaves.

One rule of thumb to remember: Don't water in the afternoon in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park, Northbrook or the surrounding areas. Watering your plants during the hottest part in the day will cause most of the moisture to evaporate. 

Don't leave the garden alone
Unpredictable weather, heat, pests and other variables can take a toll on your garden and lawn very quickly. Pay attention to the forecast and adjust your watering schedule accordingly, watch for plants that may be overgrowing the rest and if necessary, pull them out.

Don't let weeds bloom
The price to pay for a beautiful garden and lawn this summer is pulling weeds. You will want to pull them as soon as they make an appearance or they could seed and bloom, spreading rapidly all over your hard summer's work!

Don't cut your lawn too short
Another rule of thumb when mowing your lawn is to cut high. Cutting too short will promote weeds, shallow roots, irregular patches and a tendency to dry out.

Don't skip the fertilizer
There is no harm in fertilizing your lawn this summer, in fact, it's encouraged! Find a fertilizer suited for your lawn type and follow the instructions for application using a handheld or spreader. Although, you will want to avoid fertilizing on hot days where temperatures rise above 85.

Summer curb appeal is a major factor for home sellers on Chicago's North Shore and in fact, it can be what attracts buyers to your property in the first place! Give me a call today for more tips and information about selling your home in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park, Northbrook or the surrounding areas!

Janie Bress
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