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Date: April 23, 2024
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Beyond the Mow: Unveiling the Secrets to a Superior Lawn

Are you a homeowner in the Fruitland, Idaho area? If so, with spring here, your lawn and garden must be on your mind. You might be thinking about all the outdoor activities you can do now that it is getting just a bit warmer. There will be summer break with kids home playing games of volleyball or cornhole, and planting annual garden beds.

With all the fun ahead, it's time to prepare for the season with a watering and mowing schedule for your lawn. A Superior Cut has you covered with our specialized lawn care expertise, and we’ve recently expanded to Fruitland, ID. 


Your Yard at Its Best

Yard maintenance is important. Part of this is aesthetic and has to do with the impression you give to your neighbors and visitors through your yard maintenance. Whether your shrubs have been trimmed, or if your front lawn has been taken over by dandelions, or if everything is shriveled and yellow sends a message to others. But, taking care of your lawn, trees, flower beds, and garden has other reasons.

A lawn that is maintained, weeded or treated, and routinely trimmed isn't going to be sprouting sticker weeds. And when you have selected the right variety of plants for your area, and maintained them properly, your garden can benefit the pollinators and birds you may want to attract.

What does your dream lawn look like? You may not use the term, but you likely want your lawn to have curb appeal.


Curb Appeal

A lawn and yard with curb appeal is all about creating a visually inviting and well-maintained space that complements your house. Some aspects of a yard with curb appeal are -

Great Lawn Care:
  • Healthy, Green Grass: A lush, green lawn is the cornerstone of curb appeal. Regular mowing, edging, and watering along with periodic seeding, fertilizing, weeding, and aeration, will keep your grass healthy and vibrant.
  • Weed-Free: As mentioned above, nobody wants to see a dandelion invasion. Especially the neighbors whose own yards would be seeing an increase in dandelions as a result of your neglect. Regular weeding and other weed control methods will prevent unwanted plants from stealing the show.
  • Defined Edges: Crisp edges between the lawn and flower beds or hardscaping polish the effect of your lawn. 

Planting and Landscaping:
  • Colorful Plantings: Flowers, shrubs, and trees add pops of color, texture, and visual interest. Choose plants that thrive in your climate and provide year-round interest.
  • Mulch: Fresh mulch around trees, flower beds, and walkways adds a clean and finished look, while also suppressing weeds and retaining moisture.
  • Proportion and Balance: Avoid overwhelming the yard with too many plants or sticking everything close to the house. Create a balanced look with varying heights, colors, and textures.

Hardscaping and Other Features:
  • Walkways and Driveways: Well-maintained walkways and driveways in attractive materials like stone, pavers, or brick add a touch of elegance.
  • Mailbox Appeal: A stylish mailbox with well-maintained surroundings creates a good first impression.
  • Lighting: Path lights or uplighting can add beauty and security after dark.
  • Seating: A strategically placed bench or swing can create a welcoming atmosphere and invite people to linger.
  • Water Features: When there's space for it, a small fountain, bird bath, or pond can serve as a calming centerpiece.

Overall Design:
  • Cleanliness and Maintenance: A cluttered or overgrown yard detracts from curb appeal. Keep your lawn and landscaping tidy and free of debris.
  • Style and Harmony: Consider the architectural style of your house and choose landscaping elements that complement it.
  • Seasonal Interest: Plan for year-round appeal by incorporating plants that flower, or otherwise look their best, in different seasons and use evergreens for winter beauty.

By focusing on these elements, you can create a lawn and yard that makes a great first impression and adds value to your property. In other words, a lawn or yard with curb appeal is a lawn that is generally neat as well as interesting.


Low Maintenance Curb Appeal?

A lawn with curb appeal is one that, as a homeowner, you can be proud of. But most people don't want to devote half of each year to making their lawn picture-perfect.

There are ways to make a beautiful yard attainable without spending a fortune or making it a full-time job. While there's an abundance of tips and tricks you can look at, our tips to start with are:

1.Take stock of your location. Does your yard get full sun? Or is it almost all shade? What is your soil type? What wildlife do you deal with the most? Do you have a high water table or is your garden never satisfied no matter how much you water?

2.Right plant, right place. Put plants - grass, trees, flowers, vegetables - in spots where the sun exposure, soil, and space match their needs.

3.Be Creative. If a spot doesn't grow anything, find another use for it. Sometimes, you will be better served by leaving a space alone or turning it to another use, than trying to make grass (or anything else) grow there. Instead, you could put rocks there, a sandbox, a trampoline, a fairy garden, a playhouse, a dog house, a compost pile, a henhouse, or something else.

From there, consider if you need to be putting in as much effort as you have in the past. Our tips can all boil down to the saying "Work smarter, not harder." 

Our Ultimate Time-Saving Yard Care Tip: 

Hire someone else to do the work. Calling A Superior Cut to manage your lawn care and increase your home's curb appeal is quick and easy. We have the tools, expertise, and well-trained team that's needed to make a beautiful lawn a dream come true.

A Superior Cut has branches located in Salt Lake City, UT, and Fruitland, ID, which services the Treasure Valley areas of Oregon and Idaho. We do seasonal and regular lawn maintenance for both residential and commercial customers. Call A Superior Cut  at (385) 227-4452 today.