Lawn care seems to be a tedious process that many of us do not seem to have the time for. Or, we have the time, but we just don’t want to deal with it. Once you add in the cost of lawn care, you are probably the type of person who decides that a gorgeous lawn is not worthy of your time and money.
However, what would you say, and do, if we told you there are quite a few lawn care hacks out there that will save you money? We have done all the research for you and are happy to share all the ways you can save money and have an amazing yard at the same time.
Yes, you can spend lots of money on that weed blocking cloth that is sold in hardware stores around the country. But what if we told you that all your old newspapers will give you the same results without costing you an extra dime?
All you need to do is place your old newspapers in the areas where you do not want weeds to grow. Once the newspapers are in place, you will need to cover them with grass clippings, mulch, or dirt to keep everything in place.
The newspaper will block the weeds, you will have saved some money, and you won’t be spending hours weeding. This may not seem like a lawn care hack, but since weeds from gardens can make their way into your lawn, it is an important one.
Weed killer can be very expensive, which is why you may want to try pouring boiling water over any weeds in your lawn. The water will not hurt the soil underneath and it shouldn’t take long before you are seeing fewer weeds in your yard.
If the boiling water doesn’t work, you can try distilled white vinegar. However, you must use caution with the vinegar, because it will change the pH balance of your soil. You don’t want to save money here just to spend more of it when you need to replace the grass in your yard.
Of course, you could always let your grass grow a little longer, so it chokes out all the weeds in your lawn. By only cutting your grass to three or four inches, the grass will win, and all the weeds will die. This option will save you the most money.
Compost can help your lawn grow much better than it has in the past and there is no need to purchase pricy compost to do the job. You can easily create your own compost by collecting all your leftover food scraps and mixing them with cardboard, grass clippings, and old leaves. Add a little water on occasion and give it a stir every few days, and before you know it, you will have a rich compost to work with.
You can then spread that compost in areas where grass won’t grow and plant some grass seed. You can also use your new compost in your garden to grow better flowers, plants, and even vegetables.
Today, you can purchase a mulching mower, which will prevent you from needing a rake and other tools for grass clippings and leaves. A mulching mower may seem like a pricy investment in the beginning, but you will save so much money in the long term. Since your lawn mower will take care of all your leaves and clippings, you will save so much time too. And as they say, “Time is money!”.
If you are really looking to save money on your lawn care, you will be happy to know that you do not need to water all the time. Your lawn only needs approximately one inch of water each week and that includes any precipitation that falls from the sky. Any more water than that and the roots of your grass will begin to break apart instead of working their way further into the ground.
These are the best ways to save money when caring for your lawn. We are not saying that you must use all these lawn care hacks to save some cash. But you can use the ones that seem to make the most sense for you.
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