An attractive backyard on its own may not be enough to get your family to spend a lot of time outside. While some homeowners may feel comfortable with letting their backyard receive little use throughout the year, you may want to encourage use by making noticeable changes.
Fortunately, you can make all sorts of improvements that will increase backyard use, especially when you hire a landscaping company to help with the planning and execution of all projects.
After the contracts are signed for your new house, one important move is to consult with a landscaping service about your new yard. Why? Here are five key reasons why you should take the time to assess your yard.
1. Drainage and Grading
Drainage problems in the yard can cause damage to more than just the house. Improper drainage or a grade that slopes toward structures may result in water leaking into the basement or the foundation.
Most people plant sod because it is an easy way to enjoy an instant lawn. Rot can be an issue, though, particularly if the roots become waterlogged.
1. Amend the Soil
The best way to prevent root rot on new soil is to make sure you lay it on well-draining, nutrient-rich soil. This means working in some organic matter, such as compost, into the top foot or so of the soil.