Helpful Hints
There's more to lawn care and maintenance than a mower and a watering can. Read through the Happy Landscaper's helpful hints to better educate yourself about the best practices in landscaping and lawn maintenance.      

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» Few people have the financial resources to landscape their property all at once. Divide your project into phases, and pay as you go with funds on hand. You'll save on loan or credit costs and be able to evaluate your progress and adjust plans before moving to the next phase.
» Improving your landscaping to improve your chances of selling your home? Check with your real estate agent to find out how much of a return on investment you can make on landscaping in your area.  But as a general rule of thumb, if you invest 15 to 20% of your house and land value in landscape, this will be recouped when you sell your home.
» What is it that you want to be the center of attention in your landscape? Whether it is a colourful flower arrangement or a unique furniture placement, the center will affect the rest of the landscape. Focal points are the highlight of the design and will catch the eye.
» If you want to create a more defined space for your garden, consider edging it. Edging helps define a specific start and end for your landscaping. 
» When you’re considering planting new plants, make sure that you’re past the risk of frost in the spring. It’s a good way to protect the plants you’ve invested in, and save yourself from digging up dead plants in the summer.
» Harsh winters can damage paths, walkways, and fences. Once the snow and frost go away, give everything a check-over to see if your property needs any repairs.
» Check your mower blades and edgers to see if they need sharpening. This keeps your do-it-yourself upkeep looking good.
Lawn Care
» On your last few mows of the season, gradually lower the mower bit by bit until you’re giving it a pretty good shaving on the last mowing of the season. Doing so helps prevent new growth and disease over the winter. It is also a good idea to lightly fertilize your lawn at the edge of winter to give it the nutrients it will need to make it through the cold season.
» Consider dethatching your lawn. Thatch is dead grass that accumulates underneath the grass line. When you have too much of it, you can encounter problems like fungal growth, pests, and scalping when you mow your lawn.
» Aerating your lawn means putting small holes in the ground using an aerator. This removes small portions of soil and thatch, and allows fertilizer and moisture to do a better job, and also promotes healthy grass growth. If the ground is hard-packed, it may be time to aerate.
» If you have dead spots in your lawn, it may be time to do some re-seeding. This will help foster additional grass growth and promote a healthier-looking lawn.
Planting Beds
» Having a weed-free garden in the summer starts with early weeding in the spring. This keeps weeds from taking hold, and saves you time, effort, and money.
» Deadheading plants means to cut off a flower head before it starts to form seeds. This encourages plants to produce more flowers, and prevents them from using up energy making seeds that won’t look as good in your garden.
» Remove your dead plants. It looks better, and it just makes good sense.
» Look into using fertilizer products. It will help keep your garden (and your lawn) looking good.
» If you have plants that are early-blooming, make sure to prune them only after that plant has bloomed.
» What good is an irrigation system with broken nozzles? Keep your landscape well-watered by doing a yearly check of your pop-up irrigation nozzles. Make sure you have the water coverage you want, and replace any broken or leaking nozzles.
» Consider rescheduling your watering cycles for spring weather differences. You’ll need less water in rainy seasons than you will in Summer.
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