With the U.S. economy slowly repositioning itself toward recovery, it has become more important than ever for homeowners to maintain the value of their biggest assets: their homes. This, of course, takes a lot of time, money, and energy. And if you fail to maintain both your home and your lawn you stand to witness that asset becoming a liability. This especially applies to improperly tended lawns and gardens. Wilted, barren, or otherwise damaged patches of greenery can negatively impact the curb appeal of your property to a very large extent. Living in a home whose irrigation systems are drained, whose lawn is infested by pests, and whose flower beds are wilting can definitely become a nightmare. Not only do such situations diminish the value of your property, but they can also render it unsafe for use and habitation.

So, what can you, as a homeowner, do to prevent such situations? You can, of course, hire professionals to take care of your lawn, yard, or garden. Such services may seem costly, but they’re actually well worth it, if you regard them as investments toward future-proofing the net worth of your property. However, along with what the pros can do for your lawn, there are also several DIY strategies that you can implement on your own, as far as lawn maintenance goes. In fact, by pulling your own weight and getting involved in the care of your own lawn, you can obtain great results, while also staying within the confines of your budget. Here are the top 3 lawn maintenance tips for homeowners from our experts.

Tip #1: Corn gluten meal

Want a sure fire way to keep crabgrass and dandelions from infesting your lawns and gardens? Look no further than good old corn gluten meal. Not only is it cheap, but it’s completely safe to use, even if you’ve got kids and pets romping around the lawn on a regular basis. Apply it about twice or thrice per season and enjoy the rest of the season without worrying about weeds.

Tip #2: Keep that lawn clean

There are certain types of debris which basically act like weed and bird magnet. They include puddles of water, piles of wet leaves, and fallen fruit from your trees. Another clever and affordable trick you can use is planting certain species of fragrant herbs in or around your flower beds. Lavender, thyme, peppermint, and eucalyptus are proven to keep insects at bay.

Tip #3: Grow your grass thick

Before you even begin to think about cutting the grass on your lawn, make sure you’ve at least allowed it to grow up to four inches. This is especially important in the drier months of the year. A thicker carpet of grass will help your turf to not get ‘stressed’ when you cut it. Other perks include money savings on water and fertilization bills!