Winter in New York doesn't always mean that the ground is full of snow - sometimes, the temperatures are above freezing point, and there is no snow on the ground. Winter in New York is the right time to get a head start on certain lawn chores before the start of summer.
Keep your grass short and rake
To reduce the risk of snow mold and frostbite during spring, always keep your grass one to two inches in height. Also, dispose of any fallen leaves and grass clippings so that the mold doesn't have a chance to hold and take root.
Protect your lawn against road salt
Getting road salt on your lawn can be devastating, and will quickly kill your grass and trees. The salt will pull out the moisture from the ground and air, depriving your grass of moisture. Be careful when applying salt on your walkway if it's aligned with lawn grass, shrubs, or trees. You can always protect them by laying down a plastic barrier around them.
During winter, most of your grass will be dormant, but that shouldn't mean that you stop watering your lawn. If temperatures are above 40 degrees, then it's safe to keep watering your lawn.
Cover young bark
If you have some trees in your backyard, you should know that young tree bark is susceptible to damage during winter. Rodents such as squirrels and rabbits love to chew on their tender barks, while deer use them as scratching posts for their antlers. If there are fluctuating temperatures, it means that sunscald could be a real threat. Sunscald occurs when moisture in the tree trunks freeze and thaw, causing the bark to split.
It's next to impossible to undo a buyer's first impression, and to many homebuyers, the first impression they get is from your lawn. How good or bad your lawn looks will determine if they will even consider buying your property. Some practices will boost your property value, while others will decrease it.
Lawn features that can increase your home value:
A well-maintained lawn
Lawns have remained a favorite to many homebuyers. According to top real estate agents in New York, a well-kept lawn pleases buyers since it improves the property's appearance and gives the buyer the sense that they will enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. Recent studies have shown that a lawn care service of about $300 will add about $1,200 to your property's value - that's 300% ROI. If your lawn is not well-kept when you are listing your property, you're definitely leaving money on the table. Do you want to get more ROI? Then let the lawn care professionals at Lawn Love transform your property's lawn before you put it on sale. You will not regret it.
A tidy garden
The presence of perennial weeds is usually a red flag that signals more problems to many buyers. A tidy lawn will leave the buyer with the impression that they are looking at a perfect lawn that is easy to maintain.
A professional lawn and landscape design
A professional lawn and landscape design will help your property rank above the competition in the market. A professional lawn care company like Lawn Love can provide top-tier lawn designs and installation help. Just reach out to us at Lawn Love, and we will help transform your lawn for you to get the most from your property.
Automated irrigation system
Many of today's homebuyers love lush green lawns but don't have the inclination to devote most of their time maintaining their lawns. If you install a fully automated irrigation system, such buyers will love what they see. At Lawn Love, we are ready to help you install the latest irrigation system on your lawn. Give us a call today for more information or to request a quote.
With the advancement of technology, today's irrigation systems are not as "dumb" as the ones your parents had. They come fitted with sensors that can detect the water levels and air in your lawn, and water only when needed.
Lawn features that can devalue your property
An untended lawn that has not been taken care of for a while can quickly knock off 2 to 3% of the asking price. An unkempt lawn will turn away homebuyers that don't want to put in the work to transform the lawn - many home buyers are young families or first-time buyers.
Artificial grass has the lowest maintenance cost. Just lay it down, and you can forget about it until it wears off. However, many homebuyers, especially those with children, are frightened by artificial grass since they prefer a lawn that can provide a play area for their kids. A study has shown that sellers of a property with artificial lawn grass are looking at a 5% reduction in the sales value.
Highly personalized Lawns
We get it, you're a gnome collector. Over the last couple of years, you may have collected hundreds of them. Your family and friends may have tolerated it or even encouraged it, but homebuyers are usually a more cold-hearted lot. Too many personal touches are usually a turnoff.