If you've got time off for the 4th of July, consider spending some of it sprucing up your yard. Some trimming, new flowers, and tidying up will add new life to your yard. If you want to enjoy your yard more, and impress your neighbors, check out these quick tips.
When it comes to the lawn, you've probably grown tired of mowing it every week so let's switch gears. Turn your attention to the portion of your lawn which has started to grow over the sidewalk or driveway. To get the job done quickly, use a gas or electric edge trimmer. Edgers can be purchased or even rented (think ahead due to holiday closures). If you don't want to spend money on an edging machine, use a basic square shovel or you can purchase an edging shovel.
I've edged consistently over the years (doesn't need to be done every year), and it really makes my yard look tidy. TIP: new lawn edges will catch all kinds of seeds so consider using a product like Preen to avoid weed growth.
Hedges and Shrubs
Well-tended hedges and shrubs can make a huge impact on the overall look of your property and promote better plant health. Before starting up the hedge trimmer, place a tarp under the shrubs to make cleanup quick and easy. Use pruning shears to remove any dead branches.
If you've failed at hedge trimming in the past, don't hesitate to have a local company do it for you. Focus on businesses with the best reviews and call ahead for an appointment. Depending on the type of hedge, a professional may even offer to trim it in the shape of an animal or a geometric design. Bonus!
Window Boxes, Flower Pots & Beds
If your flower pots remain empty or still contain dead flowers from last year, now is a good time to visit your local nurseries. Consider buying low-maintenance plants in a variety of colors, like Dragon's Breath or geraniums (avoid those that have to be dead-headed). For pots and window boxes, include some plants that will hang over the sides like creeping jenny or sweet potato vines. Combine plants of varying heights to create an eye-catching display. In flower beds, plant tall plants in the back and graduate to smaller plants in the front for the greatest impact. Flowers make a visual impact on the overall look of your yard and they'll make the neighbors happy too.
Don't overlook your patio and lawn furniture when you're finished sprucing up the yard. Consider having the cushions professionally cleaned a few weeks before your 4th of July party (you are throwing a party after all of your hard work, right?). If the cushions are old or showing signs of sun rot, visit your local home and garden center for replacements. The old cushions can be donated.
The base of your patio furniture can be cleaned with a variety of solutions. Many wooden chairs, loungers, and table bases can be cleaned with Murphy's Oil Soap mixed with water, but check the label to be sure. Synthetic patio furniture can be cleaned with a bucket of water and a few squirts of dishwashing liquid soap. Metal and glass furniture may require special cleaning solutions, like those offered in this article.
Whether it's the 4th of July or any weekend this summer when you've got some spare time, sprucing up your yard for a few hours will fill you with pride and impress your neighbors. Edge the lawn, add some new flowers, and clean the patio furniture. Invite family and friends over for a BBQ, then sit back and enjoy!