6 Tips to Having a Beautiful Yard

Your yard is one of the first parts of your home seen — and judged — by visitors and passers-by. Even if you have the world’s most beautiful house, an unimpressive, dying yard will negatively affect your home’s overall appearance.

While we don’t recommend creating a huge, elaborate garden for your yard — unless you really love gardening — some simple landscaping and regular upkeep can elevate your home’s curb appeal, value, and overall appearance. With a healthy lawn, colorful flowers, and appealing furnishes, you can quickly make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

For the best ways to improve your landscaping, use these tips to having a beautiful yard.

1. Achieve a healthy lawn

Achieving a Healthy Lawn_DibicoThe best and most important element of your yard is the grass that covers your lawn. Healthy, green grass doesn’t usually draw much attention, but grass that’s brown and dry will immediately draw the eye. To achieve a healthy lawn, focus on cutting and watering. When cutting, only remove the top third of the grass blades and refrain from raking. These top-third clippings are quick to decompose and full of nitrogen, which encourages healthy growth. Watering should generally take place every three to four days and consist of good soakings, not light sprinklings. For the best results, consult local recommendations for climate-specific lawn care.

2. Plant flowers and greenery

Flowers and greenery add a special, beautiful touch to any yard. Like most adornments, landscaping allows you to personalize your yard and help it stand out. When choosing your plants, be sure to find flowers and greenery that are compatible with your climate and the time of year. Pay close attention to each plant’s lighting and placement needs so that your yard will look beautiful all year round.

3. Furnish the backyard

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What’s the point of a beautiful yard if you can’t enjoy it? For your outdoor furnishings, choose pieces that offer practicality and comfort. Add a table and chairs for outdoor meals. If you like to host get-togethers, consider a hammock or swing. Find items that will accent and complement your landscaping while also allowing you to fully enjoy your yard.

4. Add an outdoor kitchen

If you love being outside and entertaining, an outdoor kitchen may be the perfect addition to your yard. With this addition, you can specialize your outdoor cooking space to your needs. Do you want a large counter space for serving or a gas grill for cooking? Then make it work with the space you have available. If you’re interested in adding an outdoor kitchen, use these tips to choose the best design.

5. Create an outdoor fireplace

Add an Outdoor Fireplace_DibicoAs summer draws to a close, the outdoors start to dip into autumn and winter temperatures. As nights and evenings get chillier, the weather is perfect for curling up beside a warm fire for cocoa, s’mores, and snuggles. Outdoor fireplaces are a great way to add value to your home, increase your home’s curb appeal, and create a cozy space for relaxing and entertaining.

Outdoor fireplaces can be freestanding, installed as a pit in the ground, or built into a room or cooking space. You can choose from a variety of materials, including brick, metal or stone, but make sure it matches or complements your home’s exterior. Decide whether you want to use gas, which is better for the environment, or wood, which can be cheaper. Find the fireplace that best fits your home and needs and create a space that will keep you warm and comfortable during those cold fall nights.

6. Add landscape lighting

Your flowers and greenery elevate your yard’s look during the day, but your landscape lighting creates the show at night. When placing your lighting, practicality comes first, so make sure your walkways, doorways, and porches/decks are properly lit. Through the rest of your yard, however, lighting should be artistic. Use a variety of task, accent, and overall lights to fully illuminate your landscaping while accenting specific areas, such as trees and shrubs. Decide if you want to create a bold, dramatic, or gentle feel and position your lights accordingly. Most importantly, make sure you don’t create light pollution by shining your lights into your neighbor’s homes or using too much lighting. Irritating your neighbors and washing out the night sky won’t do you any favors and will often have a negative effect on your yard’s appearance.

At Dibico, we offer customized home maintenance services to keep your home safe, cost-effective, and valuable. If you are interested in our services or want to renovate, build, or add an addition to your home, reach out to us at info@dibicoinc.com or by filling out the form below.

We do everything from changing light bulbs to clearing gutters & downspouts. All you have to do is ask.

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Six Home Maintenance Spring Tips

April is here, so longer and warmer days are just around the corner. It’s time to start getting out of the house again after the long, cold winter months. And, as winter fades, all of those house projects you have been putting off for months become harder to ignore.

Spring is a great time to tackle projects such as masonry repairs, power washing, and landscaping. Over the next few weeks we will be posting tips for different spring projects. We’ll show you how Dibico Home Maintenance can help you with your project, so you can enjoy your spring instead of working on maintenance.  Dibico Home Maintenance is…Living Made Easy!

Masonry Cleaning & Repairs

Masonry Cleaning and Repairs_DibicoCold weather, ice melt, and snow does a number on your home’s masonry. The days between the last snowmelt and the first spring rain are the best time to repair any loose or broken masonry. Snowplows can sometimes cause damages, so check for any loose Belgian block or cobblestone that may have been left behind. Repair loose and broken mortar joints on terraces, walkways, or pool coping to avoid further rain-caused damages. You don’t have to stop at repairs, however. If you want to add a new masonry project to your home, spring is the best time to plan. Then, when summer arrives, you’ll have your new bluestone terrace or built-in BBQ project ready for fun! If you need help with repairs or planning and creating new projects, our Home Maintenance masons are happy to assist!

Power Washing

Your home’s siding, exterior trim, and fencing all take a beating in our New England weather. Once mold and mildew appear, it can spread quickly, creating unsightly staining to your structures and shortening the life of the wood used in each application. By power washing these areas annually, you can clean and destroy the spores and prevent new mold from forming.

Window Cleaning

Window Cleaning_DibicoDirty windows look unattractive, but they also ruin the view of the beautiful yard you spent so much time and money on. Everyone loves the colorful flowers and green leaves that come with spring, but pollen isn’t kind to your windows. As life blooms in your yard, pollen tends to collect on your home’s windows and sills. Late in the spring, after you’ve finished power washing projects, is the perfect time to clean your home’s windows. Our window washing services clean inside and out and check for any breaks in caulking or flashing, which may lead to future problems.

Landscape Clean Ups

Spring clean ups are needed throughout your property to ensure green luscious lawns and planting beds full of brightly colored flowers. Early spring is the perfect time to rake out all the dead grass in the lawn, edge all your planting beds, and add a dark all-natural mulch to really make springtime colors stand out. To bring the season into your home, ask Dibico Home Concierge to deliver some freshly cut flowers to your favorite kitchen or foyer vase.

Declutter and Organize

Declutter and Organize_DibicoFall offers beautiful weather, so we all do our best make the most of the season. We rush to the store for outdoor furniture, sports gear, and pool toys for that last bit of fun. Once spring rolls around, however, it’s overwhelming to see the forgotten mess you left behind! As winter fades, this is the best time for some spring cleaning. Go through those storage areas in your garage, shed, or pool house. Create some additional space so you can maximize your always-needed storage options. If this project is a little daunting, don’t worry! Dibico Home Maintenance can help you create new space and consolidate the storage units and bins that have piled up.

Landscape Lighting

The beautiful landscape lighting that illuminates walkways, terraces, and pool areas has been buried under layers of snow and ice for months. As these lights reappear, now is the time to check for repairs and replacements. Redirect the fixtures, change light bulbs, and clean lenses to make sure your first outdoor event of the spring is lit properly. Dibico Home Maintenance has our own in-house electrician to help with all of these needs, so let us know how we can help!

Dibico Home Maintenance is living made easy.

We do everything from changing light bulbs to clearing gutters & downspouts. All you have to do is ask.

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