By: Shelby Baker – Communications Intern
It’s that time of year when you get rewarded for how much work you put into your lawn. Starting in July, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) canvassers will cover every street in Akron looking for homes to nominate for the Beautification Watch Awards.
Private properties receiving a Beautification Watch Award certificate will be:
2. Well-maintained, with flowers, shrubs and/or trees
3. Free of weeds and high grass
4. The best maintained property on the block-standing out from its surroundings!
If your lawn doesn’t meet the criteria, don’t worry; there is still time for you to get out there and work on it! Here are some ways that you can spruce up your front lawn for our canvassers this year!
Ways to make your lawn stand out:
Create an entrance – Make your entry way stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. Plant colorful flowers or bushes leading up to the entrance of your house. This will draw attention to your front door and make your home more inviting. The more color you have the more your entry way will really stand out!
Create edging – Creating edges around your lawn or garden make your plants more eye-catching and make mowing around them easier. This can be done by adding a layer of mulch to the dirt. Mulching will also keep weeds at bay and give your lawn a more professionalized look.
Maintain your grass – Some of the most unappealing things to see in yards are tall grasses or weeds! Take care of your lawn by regularly mowing and removing weeds. Weeds can be taken care of with some light gardening or the help of pesticides. But remember not to over spray or you might damage your grass too.
Lawn Care on a budget:
Make your garden low-maintenance – Spread non-woven polypropylene landscape fabric over your soil. The fabric allows water to soak through to your plants’ roots and manages to keep weeds under control.
Hang up your hose – Instead of running the risk of mowing over your hose, corral it! Hammer about 4 feet of galvanized steel pipe into your lawn (galvanized pipe can run as low as $7 at some home improvement stores). Then just wrap your hose around the pipe to help your lawn look clutter free and lower the risk of running over your hose with the lawnmower.
Keep your plants watered longer – Instead of watering your hanging baskets drop ice cubes in them. This will allow the plants to absorb water for a longer period of time without running up your water bill.
Support your lawn with recycling:
Use old jugs for watering – Why buy watering cans at the store when you can recycle old laundry detergent containers? Just drill 1/8 inch holes in the cap and a ½ inch hole above the handle to relieve pressure. Your plants will love the water and you’ll love the money you keep in your pocket!
Conserve water by using old hoses – Punch holes in your old worn out hoses with a hammer and nail. Then plug the open end of the hose, while running water. This creates a soaker hose for your garden that is inexpensive and conserves water.
Grab attention with recyclables – Recycled objects that may be laying around your house can be used to spruce up boring edges in your lawn. Old pallets are just one example of objects that can add an inexpensive and even modern look to your edging. Just cut a full size pallet into pieces and place them around your edges. Adding color or design to the wood can improve the appearance of your edging even more.
If you think your lawn meets the criteria, but could use some help standing out, use the tips above to prepare your lawn for KAB canvassers. The combination of maintaining and improving your lawn can increase your chances to win a Beautification Award! Don’t forget; though your lawn can meet the KAB criteria, it really needs to stand out to be chosen for a 2015 Beautification Award!