Selling your home is all about creating a good impression, and believe it or not, that first impression starts right from the curb – literally. A beautiful and well-maintained lawn tells the buyer a lot about your property from the very first glance. While you may be tempted to put off the mowing and watering while you concentrate on getting ready to move, you'll be missing a great opportunity to show that you care about every aspect of your property, and that maintenance has not been put off because you plan to leave.
Here are a few tips about keeping your lawn in picture perfect shape. They'll come in handy not only while you're showing off your home for sale, but also when you move into your next one!
• Height of grass – Your lawn can be mowed frequently, provided no more than one-third of the grass blade is removed in a single mowing. Adjust your lawnmower blades to cut as high as possible. Low mowing results in a shallow root system. This reduces your lawn's ability to absorb water and nutrients, and makes it susceptible to browning in dry periods. Low mowing also encourages broadleaf and grassy weed invasion
• Sharpening of mower blades – Remember to keep your mower blades sharp. A sharp blade shears off excess grass cleanly and produces a cut tip that heals more quickly and imposes less stress on the grass below.
• Leave grass clippings on – Don't rake up and remove grass clippings, unless they are excessively heavy. Clippings contain nutrients and water, and breakdown rapidly. You can cut down your fertilizer (especially nitrogen) by 20%–35% simply by leaving the clippings on the lawn.
• Best time to cut – The best time to cut your lawn is when it is dry. Dry grass cuts cleanly and clippings distribute more evenly.
• When to water - Water in the early morning when there is little or no wind. This allows more even water distribution. Water before mid-day when the evaporation rate is the highest.
• How often -- Infrequent, but thorough watering is best.
• How much water – Next time you water, measure how much water has been applied to avoid under watering or waste: place a can or jar in the area being watered, and then check the water level inside. Levels from 2.5 to 4 cm of water in the can means that the lawn is thoroughly watered. Remember how long it took your sprinkler/hose to fill that can, and repeat over all areas of your lawn. Areas of the lawn needing more water include slopes, areas near buildings, curbs, sidewalks and light soils.
• One last tip – Next time you're in the market for a lawnmower, consider the mulching type mowers that recycle grass clippings and their nutrients.
For more ideas on how to maximize curb appeal or show off your home to its best advantage, contact your local Coldwell Banker real estate professional.