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Weekend Project: Lawn Care

With the fourth of July holiday coming up next Wednesday, this weekend is your last chance to get your lawn and landscape in tip-top shape for those family and friend get-togethers you’re having at your house.

Besides just the obvious mowing, trimming, pruning, and raking, these are a few quick fixes that you can do in addition to your normal landscaping routines that will give your lawn a fresh, clean look. Some of these items can be completed in a few minutes, while others may take a little longer. Choose which ones best work for your time schedule to create an inviting space for your backyard barbecue and firework show.

  1. Remove fallen leaves and sticks. A chipper/shredder can convert most small lawn debris to usable mulch or compost.
  2. Prune dead or diseased limbs from trees and shrubs. Deadhead or remove spent annuals.
  3. Clean up any edging around trees and sidewalks that have started to look ragged from contact with mower blades. A quick swipe with a power edger can quickly create clean lines.
  4. Wash the driveway. Seal an asphalt drive if needed and if you have time. Concrete drives can be sealed, patched or cleaned also.
  5. Clean the house itself, including brick or siding that are mildewed and areas of the foundation where rain may have splashed up mud. A pressure washer can make quick work of a cleaning job. Make sure you use the proper nozzle to avoid damaging siding. Clean gutters and downspouts, too (inside and out).
  6. Add a new layer of mulch to the planting beds and paths. For an even quicker fix, stir up existing mulch to make it look fresh.
  7. Add containers with in-season flowering or foliage plants. These will help to draw the eye away from the spots you'd rather not have people looking at.
  8. Clean and seal your deck, especially if your gathering will take place outdoors.
  9. Install low voltage lighting for security and to highlight your home's best features.
  10. Build simple enclosures for the service areas such as trash cans and utilities. Lattice or fence panels can be installed relatively quickly. Check with your Neighborhood Association to make sure there aren’t any restrictions on fencing.

Completing a few of these simple upgrades will breathe new life into your lawn!

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