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Getting Acquainted With Your New Yard

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News stories have announced that many homeowners are entering the real estate market for the first time. The timing is right for millennials who have saved and decided it is time to find their own place. The recession is over and the housing market is reviving.

Between the months of preparing to be owners and the actual move-in, visiting the home helps a homeowner develop dreams for what they will do to make the home and yard their own.

Moving day finally comes and just moving in is distracting. All of the boxes need to be unpacked in the house, as well as placing the furniture.

Once the essentials are stowed away inside, it’s time to decide what to do with your yard. If you are a first-time homeowner, considering how to make the dream yard you’ve wanted a reality can be daunting. Unless you are a card-carrying master gardener, there’s a lot to know to make your yard the retreat and playground you envisioned for your family.

Taking Ownership of Your Yard

Dreaming of your green and colorful yard as you purchased your new home, you want it to be wonderful. And, you want it that way, right away!

Stepping out the front door, you’ll see the lawn you purchased. Obviously, you need to take inventory. Being methodical, you’ll want to review what you see.

How much of your yard is lawn? Just seeing a green expanse can offer you the sense of being a homeowner. If the yard is green, terrific! If the lawn isn’t green, what else do you see? Is it patchy? Is there crabgrass or weeds? Do you see bugs?

What other plants, trees, and flowers are already there? Are they thriving? Perhaps one plant is in the wrong place, where it gets full sun, but it needs shade. Maybe some plants are in a wet area where water drains from rainspouts and are not doing well.

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty

Anything that grows needs a good base. That’s the soil it grows in. Evaluating what that base is will help your planning process. Some soil is compacted and won’t allow roots to spread. Some soil might need amendments so that plants will have the nutrients they need.

Plants need proper water and light to thrive in addition to the soil. If the location is too dry or wet, a plant might not succeed. If the light is too scant, a vegetable garden might not do well in that location.

What’s the status of your outdoor watering source? Is the hose connection functioning well? If there is a leak, you’ll want to take care of that. Sometimes, an old valve might be stripped so it needs replacing before hoses will connect properly.

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Building the Memories

Most homeowners have a dream for how they would like to use their yard. It’s all about the experiences they envision.

Over a day or two, you can evaluate what part of your lawn is in sun or shade and when. That can help you decide on any major changes you might make. If there are already areas where people can sit in the shade or congregate to play sports, part of your work might be at least partially done.

With children, you’ll want to decide where they’d like to play. Are they old enough to want a basketball hoop? Is there room for putting up a volleyball net?

Developing a vegetable garden or special flower garden takes planning. Perhaps you’ve wanted to have an herb garden, but you don’t know which herbs grow best and where.

Where to Start

Being a homeowner does not mean you must do everything yourself. It’s perfectly okay to find experts when you don’t know something. Maybe you have an aunt who is great at growing vegetables, a cousin who wins awards for her roses. You can ask their opinions, but your yard and climate might not lend themselves to those prize-winning roses or certain vegetables.

Take heart! Experts at lawn and gardening are available. It’s time to divide and conquer. If you work outside the home, enlist an expert who can take the burden of yard care and service off your shoulders. Then, you can enjoy the benefits of your home and garden in your leisure hours and enjoy the American dream.

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