One thing we always struggled with at my old house was keeping the lawn looking nice. It was always getting taken over by weeds and was just very difficult to maintain. I don’t have a yard to take care of at my new house, so when I was given the opportunity to team up with the Home Depot and Scotts for a lawn care project, I jumped at the chance to improve Chris’ yard.
That’s right, today we are talking about improving curb appeal at my ex’s house.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are my own.
I’m thankful that Chris and I co-parent well and are civil enough for me to take on a project at his house. I love that we are able to show our children that we can still be kind and friendly to one another. I decided to tackle the front yard for this project so that we could improve curb appeal.
Here’s the “before” of what we were dealing with.
I talked with the folks at Scotts and they came up with a comprehensive plan to improve the yard and maintain it throughout the year. I sent them photos of the lawn so they were able to evaluate what it needs, and they came up with a list of recommendations and products to use.
I recently tackled phase one of the project, and I’ll talk about the plans and product recommendations for the rest of the year later on in this post.
Every yard has different needs, so today I’m sharing the plan for this specific yard, but the Home Depot has everything you need regardless of what type of yard you have. You can also download the Scotts MyLawn app to find out exactly how big your yard is and how much product you will need.
Step one was to apply Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action to the lawn and to add black mulch around the bushes in the front yard.
I recruited my cute helpers for this project. They helped spread the mulch and pull weeds.
Then, I used my Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Spreader to apply the turf builder to the entire yard. This will help get rid of weeds while also fertilizing the lawn and helping the grass grow. We hadn’t really been fertilizing the yard regularly (or at all recently), and now I know how important it is.
Did you know that lawns that are never fertilized are weedy and have short, thin root systems? (This yard is a perfect example of that.) After 1-2 feedings the roots grow thicker and the lawn starts to crowd out weeds. After 4 feedings, your yard will look great and also have the resources to stay that way.
In order to continue killing weeds and improving the look of the yard, Scott’s recommended applying the Turf Builder Triple Action now, and then Scotts Turf Builder Ultrafeed 8 weeks from now.
In Mid-April, we will apply Ortho Bug B-Gon Insect Killer (this is especially needed in the garden out back). In spring and summer, Scotts recommended that we spot treat weeds with Ortho Weed B-Gon Plus Crabgrass Control. We will also treat ant mounds with Ortho Orthene Fire Ant Killer.
Then, in September we will apply Scotts Turf Builder Winterguard Fall Lawn Food.
I was able to pick up all of my Scotts products for this project at Home Depot. They have all the Scotts Turf Builder products you need to complete your lawn projects this season, as well as throughout the year.
Whether you want to add some pretty perennials or just improve the overall look of your lawn, you’ll find all the best product selections as well as education and tools to make your project a success. I love the idea of using products that allow you to spend less time on lawn maintenance and more time actually enjoying your outdoor space!
I feel like I have a much better understanding of what is needed for maintaining a healthy looking yard now thanks to Scotts. I was absolutely clueless before. It can be overwhelming when you don’t even know where to start, so I’m thankful to have all the resources I need now.
Here’s where we are now, after phase one.
Unfortunately I don’t have a dramatic before and after for you since this isn’t going to be an overnight transformation, but I’m excited to watch the progress of this yard over time as we continue maintaining its care using the products Scotts recommended to us. For now, I’m happy with the improvement that we’ve made so far and look forward to seeing it a few months from now.
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