You know what they say about creating a good first impression. It’s especially true when it comes to selling your home, and that first impression starts right from the curb – literally. A beautiful and well-maintained lawn sends a strong signal to the buyer about your property from the very first glance.
While it may be tempting to put off mowing and watering while you concentrate on getting ready to move, it can be a costly mistake. You’ll be missing a great opportunity to show that you care about every aspect of your property . . . and that maintenance has not been put off because you plan to leave.
Here’s a simple guide to keeping your lawn in picture-perfect shape. They’ll come in handy not only while you’re showing off your home for sale, but also when you move into your new home.
- Don’t cut your grass too short
- Keep lawn mower blades sharp.
- Leave grass clippings on
- Best time to cut
- Right time to water
- How often to water
- How much water
- One last tip
Your lawn can be mowed frequently, provided no more than one-third of the grass blade is removed in a single mowing. Adjust your lawnmower blades to cut as high as possible. Low mowing results in a shallow root system. This reduces your lawn’s ability to absorb water and nutrients and makes it susceptible to browning in dry periods. Another problem with cutting the lawn too short . . . it encourages invasion by broadleaf and grassy weeds.
A sharp blade shears off excess grass cleanly and produces a cut tip that heals more quickly and imposes less stress on the grass below.
Unless the grass is exceptionally long don’t rake up and remove grass clippings. Clippings contain nutrients and water, and break down rapidly. You can cut back on fertilizer (especially nitrogen) by up to 35% by leaving the clippings on the lawn.
The best time to cut your lawn is when it’s dry. Dry grass cuts cleanly and clippings distribute more evenly.
Water in the early morning when there is little or no wind. This allows more even water distribution. Water before midday when the evaporation rate is the highest.
It’s not how often, but how thoroughly you water your lawn that produces the best results.
Next time you turn the sprinkler on, check to see how much water you’ve applied. Place a can or jar in the area being watered, and then check the water level inside. Levels from 2.5 to 4 cm of water in the can means that the lawn is thoroughly watered. If you remember how long it took your sprinkler to fill the container, you can use the same approach on all areas of your lawn. Some parts of your lawn will need more water . . . light solis, slopes, areas near buildings, curbs, and sidewalks.
Next time you’re in the market for a lawnmower, consider mulching mowers that recycle grass clippings . . . returning nutrients to your lawn.