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Yard upkeep tips for Brunswick residents

By Jamil Allouche

An important part of being a responsible Brunswick homeowner is your ability to maintain your property, especially if you wish to sell your home in the future. It might not be everyone's number one chore they want to do on the weekend, but at the end of the day, having a good looking yard will make you feel more at home. You'll also find that the more work you put in now, the less you'll have to do later. Besides, untended yards make houses look unapproachable, and you don't want to be the Boo Radley of the neighbourhood, now do you?

There are a couple of things you can do regularly around the house that will help you stay on top of your yard easily. Check them out here. 

Get rid of debris 

Dead piles of leaves or long-wilted flowers will make your yard look sad.

If there's one thing you can do to keep your yard looking nice, it's to ensure that all the debris is cleared. Dead piles of leaves or long-wilted flowers will make your yard look sad and uninviting. First, take a look at your flowers and trees, if there are any dead branches or stems, clip them away. Then get that rake into all the flower beds, around trees and behind bushes – you'd be surprised at how much cleaner your property looks after just that. 

Plant fresh flowers 

Now it's time to add some colour to your gardens! Flowers can be hard to take care of, but there are certain species that flourish with little maintenance on your part. For starters, the Dahlia is a beautiful and thrives in the Australian sun – perfect for you. If you're looking for a more unique flower, sprinkle in some Grevillia as it's got a crazy firework-like petal pattern and blends well with other exotic plants. It's quite popular in gardens around the country! Fill your pots with the vibrant pink Bougainvillia and detail them in your entryway. 

Of course, you have to keep your plants fresh, so you'll have to keep them well watered, especially in that hot Australian sun! Be sure to water in the early morning or late evening – don't water when the sun is at its peak, otherwise the droplets will magnify the sun and kill your plants!

A fresh looking lawn has the power to make your home look incredibly inviting.

Look after the lawn 

You can't always get the lush green lawn you want, but you should still try to keep it tidy. Plus, long grass will invite unwanted visitors, and if you have kids, you don't want a snake surprising anyone in the tall grass! Only water the lawn about once a week, but make sure it's deep so all the roots are well fed and to prevent bugs from hiding out. Water your lawn at the same time as your flowers so the sun doesn't dry out the grass as well. 

If you have pets, it might be a good idea to try to train your dogs to go to the bathroom in one area of the yard. Otherwise the urine can dry out the grass once the sun hits it. Sprinkle some cedar chips in the rear of the yard so it's away nice and tucked away from visitors! 

A nice looking yard will help the sale of your home when it does come time to sell because prospective buyers likely aren't in the market for a house with a yard that they'll need to clean up too. If you're looking to sell, manage or buy property, just contact the Ray White Brunswick team and we'll help you get everything sorted.

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