It used to be desirable to have a big house with a large lawn. However, times are changing, and more people are choosing to live smaller. Having a smaller property provides a few nice benefits—it takes less time for routine maintenance, necessary tools are cheaper, and landscaping is often easier. Even if you have a small lawn, it still needs regular care and maintenance to keep it looking its best.
Choose the Right Mower
There are a few different options when it comes to lawnmowers that are appropriate for small lawns.
Push reel lawnmowers are compact, lightweight, and inexpensive. They’re completely manual, so you don’t need to worry about charging a big battery or filling it with gas. Due to this, they’re also an excellent choice for those who prefer options that are environmentally-friendly.
A compact gas mower is also a good option for small lawn care. These need gas, so there’s some additional maintenance that goes into them. However, they’re a good fit for lawns that might be a smidge too big for a push reel mower.
There are even robotic lawnmowers, which are basically Roombas for your lawn. This is the most advanced and expensive option, but it might be the right choice for anyone with a small lawn that struggles to find the time to mow it. Robotic lawnmowers require some extra thought to consider battery life, and they’re rated for inclines as well.
While a large property is able to reserve a significant amount of space for a traditional garden, a small lawn doesn’t have that luxury. Does that mean you have to give up your dream of adding stunning bushes and flowers to your property? Not a chance.
You can use strategic gardening to not only make your small lawn really shine, but you can even make it visually bigger. Place a shrub as a focal point at the far end of your lawn for some added depth, and utilize vertical gardening to make the best use of the space you have. Vertical gardening is a great option in particular because it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. While one small lawn might use garden trellises, others will attach mason jars to wood boards, and others will stack terracotta pots and only plant seeds in the front area where they can grow out. There are all kinds of interesting methods that can be used to curate a unique and stunning look for your small lawn garden.
Like any lawn, a small lawn needs the usual routine care. This includes mowing, edging, watering, aerating, overseeding, and other standard lawn maintenance. For small lawns, this upkeep is even more important because any damage will be obvious. The smaller the lawn, the more apparent it will be if the lawn becomes diseased or damaged.
Determine what kind of grass you have so you can research the best methods of care. You can also opt to start over with a fresh batch of sod, allowing you to choose the best grass for your needs. It’s also a good idea to have your soil tested to determine its health and what kind of amendments you may need to get it into peak condition.
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