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  • Tracy Freese
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The Minimalist Front Yard

 

Do you know that house on your street that your kids are convinced belongs to a vampire because the trees and shrubs are so overgrown no light reaches its windows? You don't? Hmm...well, that means it could be your house my kids are talking about! Oops! What have you done for your yard lately!? Home of Wealth seeks to minimalize and clear clutter from everything including your front yard! Today's post involves pruning, trimming, and removing overgrown greenery in favor of clean lines, fresh space, and natural light. Clear some mental space with these simple ways to decrease front yard clutter. 

Just like human beings, your yard is alive and must be maintained in order to live longer. Trimming can make your trees live longer time because the dead, weak, diseased, and pest infested parts are removed in the process. It is worth noting that failure to remove those parts makes them rot and affect the overall health of the tree. Frequent trimming also improves the overall look and appearance of the trees, thus making your home look more appealing. By removing the unwanted branches that draw energy from the trunk, the other tree parts can flourish. Removal of the excess limbs can also enhance the production of more flowers, leaves and fruits.

Depending on your climate, the time between February and April is one of the key times you should be "feeding" your lawn each year. Spring fertilizing helps strengthen roots before the heavy growing period that is just around the corner. Try and figure out which kind of weeds (like crabgrass) you struggled with the previous year and find a weed-and-feed that is best suited to your needs. When the soil reaches 55 degrees and stays there for a few days your old pal crabgrass can start to creep up.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but cleaning up your lawn in the spring is important to get rid of dead grass and other debris. When your lawn is both thawed and dry, spend some time either with your rake or your bagging mower. Put that mower down to a lower setting and get rid of all the excess yards waste. If you do a good job bagging now you should be able to mulch the rest of the year.

Get the family involved and make an afternoon out of raking leaves, trimming bushes, and of course jumping in the piles! The minimalist front yard offers a lot of great experiences when families and loved ones spend time, not money together. If you aren't in the witness protection program and can allow more natural light to ascend onto your house, consider hiring a pro to help with the tree trimming and removal. That old weeping willow's roots have wreaked havoc on your plumbing for years, maybe it's time to remove it and enjoy some fresh morning sunlight again! 

 

 

  • Tracy Freese
  • minimalist home and gardenminimalist lifestyleminimalist living