Basic Lawn Care Tips for New Business Owners
Opening your own business is an exciting step in your life and career - you should be proud! While you begin this new journey, we understand that getting everything coordinated and running smoothly can be overwhelming.
It’s a lot of work getting the inside of your new business or office space exactly how you want it, but what about the outside? Curb appeal is often the first thing that people forget about in the mad rush to get things up and running — even though it’s so important.
So, that’s why we’re sharing basic lawn care tips for new business owners. Read on for some tips you can use:
Make a Plan
Before you do anything, you need to come up with a plan of action. A lawn care plan starts with knowing and understanding what your landscaping needs. What is your aesthetic? What do you want to communicate to potential customers? What kind of grass is already present?
When in doubt, start by researching the type of grass you have to optimize its care. If your business is in a new development area, you should have been told what type of sod was planted for you.
If this is not the case or you do not have grass yet, do some research about what grass you have or want and how to care for it. There are plenty of resources online to help you determine your grass type.
To save you time and to remove something from your plate, call a professional to help you assess your lawn and your lawn care needs. Our team can tell you what grass type you are working with. We can also help you develop a plan for your landscape; you will find that having a great lawn is easier than you think.
Be Smart with Landscaping
Landscaping tends to be the “fun part” for new business owners. It’s a chance to get creative and do something a little different.
The right landscaping can add lots of texture, colour, and personality to your outdoor space, which speaks to your business. However, if you are new to all of this, we suggest that you go slow. Landscaping is a long term investment, and it can easily become expensive. Do not take on too much at first, especially if you don’t have a set budget.
You also need to make sure you are investing in the right plants. Do you want perennials or annuals? How far will your plants spread? Is your property sunny or shaded? If you have a shaded area, you don’t want to plant something that requires full sun. Keep in mind to work with the space you have, and the features that will work for you.
Get Weeds Under Control
First impressions are everything. Make sure you are making a good first impression on your potential customers by making your lawn and landscaping the best that it can possibly be. For this reason, you will want to get rid of weeds.
Next, let’s talk about weeds. Weeds can be time-consuming and a pain to deal with. To save you time and money fighting with pesky weeds and products, the best thing you can do is get started with one of our professional programs at Peel Exterior that will keep your lawn beautiful and weed-free!
Prepare Early for Summer Heat
Below are 3 ways to keep your lawn green and healthy as it comes out of chilly winter conditions and prepares for the heat of summer.
- Protect your lawn from crabgrass
- Water your lawn. Watering early helps keep the lawn hydrated during the hottest part of the day. Lawns need an inch of water per week, which equates to 20 minutes of watering 3 times per week.
- Mow your lawn to a height of 2-to-4-inches depending on your grass type
Prepping Your Lawn for Winter
Fall is the ideal time to prep your lawn for winter and next year’s growing season. Below are a few ways you can care for your lawn in the fall:
- Overseed in the fall (depending on your grass type)
- Water your lawn less frequently as the temperature gets colder — a couple of times per week max
- Clean the fallen leaves off your lawn
- Mow one last time around November
- Apply fertilizer to your lawn a couple of weeks before winter’s freeze
Common Lawn Issues and How to Treat Them
Are you trying to fix a problem with your lawn? The best thing you can do is to contact a professional to help you. But while you wait for them, let’s get to the bottom of the issue.
Below are a few common lawn problems, and how to fix them:
Problem: You applied fertilizer to your lawn, and now it’s yellowing.
Solution: You probably applied too much fertilizer to your lawn, which can burn it. Luckily there are a few ways to turn things around. For one thing, stop using the fertilizer and start watering.
Problem: Your lawn is filled with weeds.
Solution: Keep up with proper mowing, seeding, and fertilization.
Problem: Your lawn is turning brown during the summer.
Solution: Water your lawn and be consistent with seeding and fertilizing.
Caring for the lawn of your new business can be overwhelming, but it can also be a lot of fun — and we believe that it should be fun too!
If you make a plan and stick to it, you can create a completely stress-free experience for yourself while building your business empire. The goal is to keep your lawn and grass healthy. Then you can really enjoy it!