Erin and Ben Napier’s Lawn Maintenance Tips from Home Town

Erin and Ben Napier's Lawn Maintenance Tips from Home Town

When we think about our perfect homes, we tend to forget about the yard. However, homeowners know that the yard is a crucial part of your home’s overall aesthetic. Without a beautiful yard, your house may not feel complete. There are many ways to enhance your yard, such as planting flowers, adding bushes, or creating a stone or rock path. Yet, sometimes, the best solution is to start from scratch and remove the existing landscaping.

HGTV’s Ben and Erin Napier, who have a wealth of professional home tips, worked on a house that had a rather neglected yard. Although the house was surrounded by numerous green plants, they had grown uncontrollably, making the home look untidy and detracting from its beauty. Erin advised that, when it comes to your yard, it’s often better to keep things simple and remember that less is more.

How to take the less-is-more advice for your yard

Cutting away greenery

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Greenery is a beautiful thing, and while many of us look for a home that is surrounded by gorgeous trees, towering bushes, and wooded vistas, sometimes it just doesn’t quite work. Erin and Ben Napier are no strangers to a yard renovation, but when it comes to landscaping, the Napiers hold true to a clean aesthetic. After clearing out all the overgrown landscaping during the home renovation, Erin advised the homeowners to start small when it came to plants. “You can finally see the house, and that is nice,” Erin said after the landscaping was finished. “We’re starting fresh, with just the good stuff, and now we can begin to plant more.”

So while it may be hard to cut down all the greenery outside your home, it can be the start of a gorgeous yard. If you do want to take the Napiers’ advice, make sure you are clearing your greenery safely. If you have large trees or bushes, consult an expert before cutting them down. The same is true for any invasive plants or weeds you may not be too sure about. You will also need a way to dispose of the unwanted landscaping, like a dump trailer.

Pros of having less greenery in your yard

Clean landscaping in the front yard

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Not only does a minimal yard showcase your home and make everything feel cleaner, but it can also lead to a variety of other positive things. Overgrown trees can lead to falling branches, which can damage your roof or break windows during a storm. They also have the potential to fall and hurt those walking or playing under them and can lead to a fire if not maintained properly.

In addition to the dangers during natural disasters that overgrown landscaping can pose, it is also a breeding ground for unwanted pests, like bugs and rodents. If you are sad about cutting down greenery, consider that getting rid of weeds and overgrown plants can actually allow your yard to grow more, healthier greenery. Plus, at the end of the day, you are the one who has to maintain a yard, and the more greenery, the more work you have in front of you. If you want to spend less weekend time mowing the lawn and more time relaxing, a clean, minimal yard is the way to go.

Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.