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8 lawn care tips to beautify your property

By Andrew Bell

Whether you're thinking of selling your home in the near future or you just want to make all your living spaces more attractive and comfortable, proper lawn care is critical. A beautiful lawn not only gives your kids somewhere to play and provides you with a sense of accomplishment, but can also raise your property's value more than you might expect.

So how do you accomplish a healthier, more beautiful lawn? The following tips will help:

1) Don't rely on hard edges

In a lot of cases, you will see lawns with hard edging along walkways and driveways. Better Homes and Gardens warns that you shouldn't be too diligent about edging, because that can actually look a bit unattractive. Instead of having a hard edge, you might want to put in some other plants to give your lawn a little more visual variety.

2) Use native plants

Along similar lines, it's a good idea to use native plants — rather than imports — as an accent to your lawn whenever possible. This is not only good for the environment, but it may also help your lawn come alive each year with no extra work when the seasons change. That's because native plants are often self-seeding and don't need your intervention.

3) Stay on the lookout for weeds – and act fast

You obviously never want to get into a situation where you're weeding on a regular basis, and the best way to avoid that is vigilance and quick thinking, according to Love the Garden. If you can spot even one weed before it gets the chance to take root and reproduce, you'll avoid a major headache down the road. Having the right tools to deal with a weed immediately is key.

4) Don't let it get too dry

In the hot Australian sun, it can be difficult to keep your lawn from drying out, but consistent watering throughout dry periods is always a good idea. Often, you won't have to do it too much more than once per week, but missing even one planned watering can lead to an unhealthy, unattractive lawn.

5) Think about the soil as much as the grass itself

Another important part of a healthy lawn is what's underneath it. You should be testing your soil's pH levels at least a few times per year to make sure everything is as it should be. Homes to Love notes that if you find the pH balance is too high or too low for your grass (as recommended by experts), there are chemicals you can buy to sort out the problem in short order.

6) Don't cut it too low

An all too common mistake that many homeowners make is that they cut their lawns rather short, both because they think it looks better and will allow them to go longer between mowing days. However, this is a bad idea: Grass will dry out far more easily if it's too short, causing it to die off (thus allowing more weeds to grow), and is generally less healthy. Longer blades of grass are always better for your lawn's health, even if you have to mow more often.

7) Choose the right grass for the climate

Not all grasses are cut out for the Australian climate, and specifically, for the climate in your area, Lowe's advises. For that reason, you might need to do a little research to figure out exactly which grasses are going to thrive in your yard.

8) Address bare spots quickly

Much like weeds, if you encounter any bare or dead spots in your lawn, you need to replant quickly to make sure the whole lawn is going to stay healthy on an ongoing basis. These problems can spread more quickly than you think, and may be an indicator of a bigger issue with your soil.

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