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When someone visits your home, what is the first thing they see? Your yard, right? This means it is your yard that sets their first impression. And whatever your yard looks like, it will reflect what type of homeowner you are. It sucks, but it is the truth.

Yard maintenance helps you from several hazards that you may not have any idea about. If your front lawn is looking rough for a while, it is time to stand from that couch and do some cleaning. Let us not mention that spring is here now and summer is just around the corner, so in a responsible homeowner’s handbook, spring yard cleaning is a must!

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF AN UNKEMPT YARD?

The first topic of discussion: the risks and hazards an unkempt yard brings into your home. These reasons should be enough to alarm you and encourage you to start tidying up that garden. 

Your yard becomes more prone to infestation.

An infestation is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Letting your grass, plants, and trees grow out until they die and then letting them rot will invite different types of pests and insects. Rodents, cockroaches, ticks, and other bugs thrive in dirty surroundings. Weed infestation is a thing too! These infestations will worsen your lawn’s condition and bring harm to your family, which brings us to our next point.

If left uncleaned, it can be dangerous to your family’s health.

Since you will be inviting disease-carrying rodents and pests into your home with that unkempt yard, you are just putting your family’s health on the line. Illnesses brought by these insects can become fatal. Not to mention that these types of surroundings also contribute to adding stress and worsening a person’s mental health.

A poorly lawn can become accident-prone.

Letting your children run around in an environment like this will just lead to series of accidents. For example, if there has been a tree on your lawn that has been dead for who knows how long, it is only a matter of time that it will fall over — it might even damage your home. 

It will just invite unwanted animals.

Aside from pests, your dirty yard can be very attractive to wild animals. You may just wake up one day, and you see deers and foxes running around your lawn. These animals also bring diseases that may infect your family. Remember that they are also wild, so the least you want to do is getting close to these animals, for they can attack you.

Your home becomes less appealing.

Let us just be honest here, an unkempt yard is ugly and uninviting. As we mentioned earlier, your front yard is what sets a visitor’s first impression. And you can become the talk of the town for this as they secretly criticize you with what your yard looks like. 

An unmaintained yard is more complicated and more expensive to clean.

Think of your unkempt yard as an illness, and if you let it worsen, it will become harder and more expensive to treat in the future. If you start now, you are more likely to salvage what beauty is left before everything becomes worse. Especially if you plan to sell your home in the future, cleaning it now can save you hours and thousands of dollars.

HOW CAN I SPRUCE UP MY YARD?

Now, the next thing you need to know is what you can do to improve that yard finally. Fortunately, there are practical and straightforward ways that can definitely makeover an ugly lawn into something that is inviting. Here are some tips that you can follow:

1. Remove dead plants and trees.

First things first, pull out every dying plant in that yard. For dead trees, consider tree removal services that can help you distinguish which ones are dying and take them out for you. It is also time to pull out those weeds, for they will be stealing nutrients from the plants you are about to put there. Look for other invasive plants and consider removing them too.

2. Freshen up the paint of your fences and your house.

One of the simplest ways to spice up your front yard is by painting your fences and the front of your home. This will definitely transform and improve your curb appeal. Plus, your house will definitely look as if it is just newly built.

3. Plant flowers that look good all year.

When choosing flowers and other plants to put in your yard, it is essential to consider the seasons and the weather in your area. As much as possible, you want plants that are not only beautiful but could also withstand any climate. This way, you get to have plants that beautify your yard but are low maintenance. 

4. Consider a veggie patch.

If you have a wider yard, a veggie patch would be a good idea. Who does not want to grow something in their yard that they could also eat, right? Not only would they bring life to your yard, but they could also bring food to your stomach.

5. Designate an area for outdoor furniture.

Now that your yard is more relaxing than ever, you need to decorate it with outdoor furniture. Not only will the pieces of furniture beautify it, but they also make space functional, which is perfect for an area where the family can bond and relax. It can also be a venue for birthdays where everyone can run around or have family meals.

6. Improve the lighting.

You want your yard to look beautiful during both the daytime and nighttime. This is another easy trick that can make all the difference. Put lighting, especially on the focal point of the yard. String lights can also improve the mood of the space, making it perfect for outdoor dinners or campfires.

7. Add a fire pit.

Speaking of campfires, if you do not have a fire pit in your yard, then it is time to add one. It brings your yard more character and helps it become cozier. Plus, your family will definitely enjoy a night of smores making.

8. Maintain your pool.

If you have a pool in your yard, always make sure that it is in its best condition. You should know how to maintain your pool during specific seasons. Because it is always wet, pool decks can be prone to grime and grits that make it slippery and can contribute to its faster deterioration.

9. Do not let those grass grow out.

Lastly, a reminder that overgrown grass can just ruin the aesthetic. Weekly mowing is required if you want to maintain that beautiful yard. 

Find the best services!

If you think you cannot do these all alone, you do not have to fret, for there are companies that offer services that will help with your yard makeover. Plus, you are less likely to have the equipment that you need. There are companies that have complete pruning tools for tree services, and they can help you with your tree removal. Whatever assistance you need, you can find a company that can assist you. All you need to do is find one, either from people you know or the internet.

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