There is no doubt about it, if you have a beautiful and well-kept lawn surrounding your property it's going to add a lot to the value of your home when it comes time to sell. However, you need to pay close attention to the upkeep of this feature and it will require a lot more than simply mowing the lawn on a weekly basis. What additional task should you be paying attention to?
Proper Edging Technique
When was the last time that you edged your lawn carefully with a special tool? This not only helps to define where a lawn ends and everything else begins, but can have a direct impact on the health of the grass itself.
Many people choose to surround a lawn with a variety of different garden beds and these can sometimes be a nursery for some invasive species. Therefore, you need to be sure that you have a distinct edge to provide a barrier, so that your beautiful lawn does not become a haven for a variety of different weeds. If this happens, somebody is going to have to spend a number of hours to selectively dig out the uninvited visitors.
What Type of Machine?
How do you approach this task? Firstly, you need to decide what type of lawn edger you are going to choose and whether it will have assistance or not. You can choose a stick that has wheels on the bottom for more dexterity, or one that has something similar to a shovel blade instead. You can choose a motorised version that is easier to manoeuvre and some of them can be adjusted to provide a different angle to the edge itself.
Getting Used to It
To begin with, you may well have to experiment as you get used to the various components, the angle of the blade, the position of the wheels and the depth of the cut. You also have to get used to keeping your arms in a set position if you're going to get the straightest cut that you can, while manoeuvring your body to take into account any undulations in your landscape. As you get used to the process you have to take your time, to ensure that you don't veer off-line and make any critical mistakes. If you do, you'll have to come back and start again and it will certainly take some practice.
Bringing in the Expert
On the other hand you could bring in a professional landscaper, who will be familiar with both the machines and the technique and this should help you avoid using up a lot of your spare time in the process.