Lawn Care Tips for New Homeowners
Congrats, new homeowner! Owning a new home is an exciting time, especially if it's your first home. But it can also be a little overwhelming. It's a lot of work getting the inside of your new home exactly how you want it, but what about the outside? That's just as important as the inside! And it's something many new homeowners don't think about. That's why we're sharing lawn care tips for new homeowners.
Having a new lawn can be tough, especially if it's a brand new lawn or left in terrible condition from the previous owners. You've got a lawn mower and know you need to mow it, but what else do you need to do?
If you want a healthy, green lawn, we're sharing some tips to tackle your new outdoor space. It takes more than just watering and mowing. Here are a few lawn care tips for new homeowners that many don't think about.
Make a Plan
Before you do anything in your lawn, you need to have a plan. This starts with knowing and understanding what type of grass you have. If you bought a brand new home, you should have been told what type of sod was planted for you (and if not, you need to ask). However, many homeowners buying previously owned homes aren't told what type of grass they are working with. Many residents in the Southeast have warm-season grasses like bermuda, zoysia, or St. Augustine. However, fescue is also an option. You can use our Lawn Care Facts page to try to determine your grass type, or we suggest giving us a call to come assess your lawn.
Not only can we tell you what grass type you're working with, but we can help you come up with a plan for your yard. This involves assessing its current condition and deciding on a plan of action to get you the healthiest, greenest lawn possible. The best part is, this assessment is free and comes with zero obligation!
You can then make a plan for what you would like to see happen in your yard. We can help lay out a realistic timeline for this (or even give you some ideas if you aren't sure what you'd like to see happen in your yard).
Be Smart with Landscaping
Landscaping is typically the "fun" part for new homeowners. Gardening and planting new plants can add a lot of personality and color to your lawn. If you're new to all of this, we suggest not taking on too much at first. Landscaping is a long-term investment and takes a lot of time and a large budget.
Look back at your plan and start slow. Pay close attention to the best time to plant different things and the best areas to plant them. For example, if you have a shaded area, you don't want to plant something that requires full sun. Work with the space you have, and the plants will work for you.
Get Weeds Under Control
If you bought a home with a yard full of weeds, it's best to get them under control as soon as you can. Getting started with our 8-round program is a great way to do this. Even if you bought a weed-free yard, our program works on preventing weeds before they have a chance to grow.
Without the proper nutrients, weeds will take over in your grass. Thick, green lawns happen with the latest generation of EPA-approved products and the right blends of lawn fertilizer properly applied by knowledgeable, well-trained route managers. If you do decide to take care of fertilization and weed control on your own, please be cautious of the products you are buying and when you are applying them. It all matters.
Caring for a new lawn can be overwhelming, but it can also be a lot of fun for new homeowners. Just be cautious and use the right ingredients and tools. Make a plan and stick to it. The goal is to keep your lawn and grass healthy. Then you can really enjoy it!