Most everyone knows that two years ago, after eight years of living on a .13 acre lot, the family and I loaded up a moving van and started a new life slightly outside the city limits. I’ll be honest and say that for me, making the transition to our new two plus acre plot of land was a little scary. Add to that the fact that the previous owners had been traveling and hadn’t maintained the landscaping and I was down right nervous! While I had visions of family moments created outdoors, I knew that our new land was going to need lots of work before it was ready to be the thing dreams are made of. Thankfully, I have a hubby who has a very green thumb (in contrast to my black one) as well as some knowledge of TruGreen and the services they provide to help get lawns in their best condition and keep them there. With his knowledge, TruGreen’s services and a few simple yard prep ideas, we’re finally getting to enjoy the fruits of our labors with a beautiful yard that’s perfect for spending time together as a family and even entertaining.
So, I guess the first question I should answer is why does having a gorgeous green yard matter? Well, in addition to being visually appealing, many of my family’s favorite moments happen outdoors and I know for a fact that we’re not alone in that. In fact, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of TruGreen, nearly two thirds of Americans (156 million) report that some of their favorite memories have occurred right in their own back yards. In addition to those memories, like myself they also think about the appearance that their yard has, not only for them but also for their neighbors. The same survey found that 69% of Americans say having a green, healthy lawn is important to them and 32% admitted to sometimes being embarrassed by the state of their lawn. Now I already told you that last year I was part of that 32% but we’ve done something about it! And now, you can too!
Get your Grass Green
When we moved into our house, our lawn consisted of weeds, moss and red mud. It wasn’t a pretty sight and at times it felt like there wasn’t even a starting point to get our lawn looking great. However, TruGreen that has a variety of plans that can help control weeds, fertilize your current grass and plant new grass in areas where it’s needed. If you’re like me and don’t know the first thing about lawn care, don’t worry because they do! As part of their belief that more life should be lived outside, TruGreen is committed to providing a beautiful lawn to serve as the foundation for outside experiences and lifelong memories.
Plus, since they have a variety of plans that meet every customer’s needs, it’s never been easier to find the help you need to get the foundation of a beautiful lawn!
Keep Up the Maintenance
Once we had our lawn green again (which honestly took about a year to achieve), the most important thing became maintenance. While cutting the grass and watering it is well within my husband’s wheelhouse, there are certain things that are not.
We often think that simply cutting the grass is enough to keep the lawn looking great but more often than not, lawns can do with a little more TLC. If you’re really struggling to get your lawn in tip top shape, try a service like TruGreen that comes to you home and aerates, limes and fertilizes your lawn. As part of regular maintenance, it’s a perfect way to get the most of your lawn. And trust me, it still leaves plenty for your family to do!
Add Pops of Color
While having a great lawn is obviously about the grass, that’s not all that it’s about.
In fact, I’ve discovered that adding pops of color make my lawn look better. Again, I don’t really have green thumb but I do try to go with flowers that appeal to me and that add a beautiful touch to my lawn.
By simply planting a few flowers and hanging a few ferns, I’m able to enhance the beauty of my yard and turn it into a place where I want to spend all of my time.
Take Time to Enjoy It
While for many getting the yard looking great is a hobby in itself, for me taking time to really enjoy my yard and the beauty of being outdoors is the true treat. With summer days quickly approaching, I’m moving all of our family time out into the yard. We’re hanging our enos.
We’re spending time on our porches.
We’re simply enjoying the beautiful place that we live as we eat outside, play outside and relax outside. By turning our outdoor area into a place where we not only want to spend time but want to spend time together, we’re discovering that the best gift of all is unplugging, heading outdoors and making every moment memorable.
Now it’s your turn! It’s not too late to get your yard ready for summer! Start by calling TruGreen today! As the nation’s largest lawn care company serving more than 2.3 million residential and commercial customers across the US with lawn, tree and shrub care, they are ready to help you with your yard care prep and maintenance! To find out more about the services that they offer, click here.
Then tell me, how you do make more of your family time by enjoying spending time in your own back yard?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.