Whether your front lawn is a sea of green grass or an elaborate perennial garden, keep it looking great by attending to the needs of specific plants regularly and taking safe preventative measures against detrimental pests and disease. If you are planning a front lawn design or considering a renovation, make choices that you have the time to maintain. A front lawn with an elaborate heirloom rose garden surrounded by hand-trimmed topiary animals might look great the first week, but if you don't have the time or attention span to get out every few days to manage the flowers and trim the stray shoots on your boxwood bunny with the clippers, it won't look great for long.
Choose ecologically sound methods for maintaining a lush yard to enjoy your turf without worrying about polluting drinking water with the runoff from chemical pesticides. You can still fertilize your lawn, and you should, to keep it looking great -- but your focus will be on keeping the soil healthy by feeding it with lime and other natural nutrients rather than solving infestations of weeds with toxic synthetic chemicals. Send a sample of your soil to the local university cooperative extension and ask them to analyze it to tell you what it needs for optimum health, then choose a turf that is native to your area and enjoy a safe expanse of green for years to come.
Lovely trees enhance the beauty of entire neighborhoods and provide a soothing view from indoors. Healthy mixed plantings flourish to become great-looking focal points in your front yard. Take care of newly planted trees, shrubs and perennial plants by staking them properly, watering them thoroughly and regularly and mulching them at least twice a year. With devoted attention you can nip disease and pest problems in the bud using health-promoting organic controls.