For All First-time Homeowners: The Basics of Yard Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining the household for the first time, you will need all the help you can get. At first, managing a household on your own can be overwhelming because there are just too many aspects to focus on, but through time, the task may become easier. Emphasis on "may."


Of course, everything is hard in the beginning because you're still clueless about what approach is best used under different circumstances. Finding yourself at a loss is normal; don't be too hard on yourself if you feel like you're a fish out of water. Instead of fixating on your mistakes, you should focus your energy on getting more information so you won't make the same mistake twice.


This will apply to the entire process of learning how to maintain your household. From the bedroom to the bathroom, and even to your yard, there will be distinct nuances for each aspect of your home. Give yourself time to adjust to your newfound responsibilities and soon enough, you'll be doing everything like a pro.


But to get to that point, you will have to endure through the rough patches of trying and failing multiple times. Lucky for you, many have ventured that path before you did, which means that you can learn from their experiences. Here are some things you should know when it comes to maintaining your yard:


It's Normal for Soil to Erode, but Watch out for Slopes

Healthy soil is 50% solid, 25% water, and 25% air; but of course, that's not something that you can keep track of all the time especially if you're unfamiliar with the basics of landscaping. However, what you might be able to notice is that it's normal for soil to erode over time and it can also get too compacted.


If your soil appears too solid and therefore, not absorbing any water, it might be time to breathe some air into the land. For this, you will need an aerator that can punch tiny holes in your soil so that it can breathe. But it's also possible for the soil to erode too much that it creates slopes in your yard.


When this happens without your knowledge, it can become a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes because they are attracted to stagnant water. This is especially common during rainy seasons or when you over-water your soil, and it can snowball into a big problem.


Mosquitoes are incredibly difficult to handle on your own because they breed fast and are impossible to contain. Fortunately, there are many home services devoted to helping homeowners deal with their mosquito problems. For this, you will want to seek the help of mosquito treatment experts.


Weeds Are Pesky Annoyances That You Can't Ignore

As you were growing up, you may have been told to mow the lawn at least once or a few hundred times to keep the height of the grass at bay. But what you might not have realized is that mowing the lawn can also keep the pesky weeds from taking over your lawn.


The reasoning behind this is that weeds tend to grow in unmaintained environments. By regularly mowing your yard, you can keep the height of your grass in control while also making sure that the weeds aren't hell-bent on dominating the outside of your house.


Keep Your Grass Green, but Don't Drown Them

Most yards are usually low-maintenance in a way that you won't have to water them every day. The average yard will require one to two inches of water a week, which can be done through a thorough watering session at least once a week. However, that still depends on your local weather conditions.


For your grass to stay green and healthy, you need to encourage the grass to develop a deep rooting system that can be achieved through the watering method above. You must also consider the amount of rainfall that your yard receives because there could be a chance of you over-watering the grass.


That's because if you drown your grass with too much water, you might just kill it. The soil could also experience difficulties with absorbing the water, which can lead to stagnant water accumulating in the slopes that are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Being mindful of these things can help you become a more responsible homeowner.


If you don't know where to begin with maintaining your yard, you can always hire professional landscapers to do the job for you. But at some point, you're going to have to learn how to do basic yard maintenance because that's just the more practical and responsible thing to do as a homeowner.


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