For many, homeownership means having a yard. Having an outdoor space and landscape to tend to is a dream come true for many previous apartment dwellers. However, for someone who has never had to care for a yard before, it can be easy to make costly mistakes. Overusing fertilizer is one of the most common mistakes made by amateur gardeners. Too much fertilizer can stunt plan growth and burn, or even kill, grass. Cutting grass too short is another prevalent problem. While it may keep homeowners from having to mow as often, cutting grass short means it cannot absorb the sunlight it needs to thrive, effectively starving it.
Check out HouseLogic’s article on the ways new homeowners accidently ruin their yards (link is external). Speak with a gardener for the most appropriate lawn care techniques for the climate in your area. Chat with a REALTOR® about what qualities homebuyers look for in an outdoor space.