Your yard is the first thing that people see when they
drive past your house. Therefore, it is critical that the grass is always cut, the shrubs are always trimmed and that the plants run the gamut of colors. What are some easy and effective ways to keep your outdoor space looking pristine this summer?

Get Rid of Weeds

Weeds are a major problem for most homeowners. They tend to grow almost anywhere that there is space to do so. This means that they may make their way into your garden, mingle with your grass and sprout up in even the tiniest cracks in your concrete patio or walkway. While you may choose to pull weeds by hand, you can also use sprays or mulch to keep them in check.

Don't Overdo the Water

While your grass and flowers will need water to look their best, you don't want to give them too much of it. If it has rained the night before or at any point in the last 36 hours, don't bother turning on the sprinkler. As different grasses and plants need different amounts of water, a targeted watering plan may be beneficial for your yard.

Don't Forget the Riding Lawn Mower

Mowing the lawn is a necessary evil for those who are trying to keep their yard in good shape. Keeping the grass at a reasonable level is good for its overall health, and it also works to discourage pests from using it as food or a place to hide. Some companies, such as Cox Mowers, know important lawn maintenance is in this regard. To make mowing as easy and enjoyable as possible, buy a riding lawnmower instead of one that you have to push.

Protect Plants from Animals

Deer and other animals may want to use your garden as a buffet for themselves and their young. To prevent this from happening, you will want to put up a fence or some other physical barrier around your plants. It may also be possible to use mixtures that contain animal urine or other strong scents to keep animals away from your beautiful flowers.

As a homeowner, your yard is something that you likely take pride in. Even if you don't want to spend your entire weekend doing yard work, your efforts will pay off in the long run. In addition to creating an outdoor space that you and your family can enjoy, you can keep your house free from animals and other pests that may be looking for food or a place to lay low.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;