Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
As you prepare your home for sale, PLEASE don't forget the lawn and that VERY FIRST impression that it makes on a potential buyer! It make a big impact!
While the winter is now just a memory, the damage done to your lawn over those winter months may not be. If you’re in an area where temperatures drop severely and winter storms are constant, your lawn has probably suffered.
Now that spring is in full swing and summer will be here before we know it, it is time to give your lawn a little TLC. Here are the steps to turn your lawn from an eyesore into a sight to see!
1. RAKE IT OUT!
This is an important first step to take following the winter months! This will work to remove any dead grass or other winter debris. Make sure you invest in a durable rake to easily remove larger pieces like sticks and matted leaves. Raking will expose any patches that need attention and helps to begin preparing the soil for any reseeding that may need done.
A core aerator uses metal tines to pull out small soil plugs, promoting more soil drainage. This will help to increase the movement of water and allow for oxygen and nutrients to enter the ground easier. If your lawn sees a great deal of traffic or it spent the winter packed with snow, this is especially important to help alleviate soil compaction and promote new growth. If you don’t have an aerating tool, you could purchase a handheld tool for small yards or rent an aerating machine for large lawns.
3. PLANTING SEEDS!
Once you’ve seen what areas of your lawn need a little extra love, you’re ready to reseed or overseed. Take advantage of the spring weather, especially if you are in an area with frequent rain, and reseed during the warm and rainy season.
If you are in a dry climate, be sure to water your lawn multiple times a day as the seed sets and begins to grow!
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4. APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS....OR GRASS
The goal is to keep your soil damp while waiting for those reseeded areas to grow. While reseeding during rainy seasons can be beneficial, be sure not to reseed before a major storm so that all of your hard work isn’t washed away. That is precious time washed away that most nobody has to get back again, right?
Make sure your lawn mower is in good shape. You can get your blade sharpened at local hardware stores to ensure it is done properly and safely. Once your lawn reaches about 3 inches, it is time for the first spring cut.
When preparing for your listing photography, I always recommend a fresh cut on photo day, and for the Open house! Also, if possible a little more frequently while your home is on the market, just so it always has that perfect freshly mowed look!
The lawn is an important first impression to a potential buyer! I've had buyers comment on poor lawns many times in the past! So, catch them at the curb and WOW them with that fresh green grass that will make them want to run around and envision summers in their new lovely home!
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Sara Koenig | Broker