It’s no secret that a beautiful home usually has a lush yard, tall trees, and a vibrant garden, but in order to achieve this, you must ensure that your soil is healthy enough to sustain it all.
While our owner-financed lots come equipped with the natural beauty native to South Texas, these three tips can help new property owners to develop the land they purchased from our Edinburg realtors at Santa Cruz Properties into a home fit for their budding family.
Rest assured, having the perfect soil doesn’t have to be a labor-intensive endeavor, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Listed below are three tips on how you can revitalize the soil of your owner-financed land, effectively increasing both yield and property value.
- An Organic Diet is Key
While soil doesn’t physically digest much like humans or animals do, it still requires an ample diet of nutrients, water, and oxygen to stay healthy. Organic material like fallen leaves, grass trimmings, garden debris, table scraps, or discarded apples and other fruits can make a great meal for both the garden bed or the yard.
Begin by revitalizing your soil in autumn. For garden beds, collect all the organic material together, chop it up, and lay it directly on top of the soil. Then, cover with at least two inches of mulch and add potassium-based fertilizers and mineral phosphorus. Adding these materials during the fall will give them time to break down for the spring when plants need them most.
For the yard, cutting your grass when it is short and dry can act as a natural fertilizing agent, where all of the clippings decay and release their nitrogen back into the ground. Products like lawn fertilizer, when used as per instructions, can also add a lot of much-needed nutrients into the soil as well, ultimately yielding brighter, greener grass.
- Eliminate Weeds Early
With spring come weeds, and weeds are notorious nutrient thieves and plant and grass killers. Taking a preemptive approach and getting them under control before you plant anything in the spring can help preserve soil health.
Pull the weeds as they begin to grow in the spring early on when they are small and easy to manage. Be sure to pull from the base to effectively uproot the the entire weed, roots, rhizome, and underground parts like tubers or bulbs. Failure to do so will cause the weeds to grow back in place. After, you can use the remains of these weeds—so long as their seeds were removed—as compost within the soil of a seeded lawn.
- Avoid Overwatering Your Soil
Excessive watering not only kills plants and grass, it can compromise the stability of your foundation, which in turn can cause expensive property damage. There are a few ways that you can tell if you are overwatering your property.
One way to tell if your soil is oversaturated is by grabbing a handful of it and giving it a squeeze. If a lot of water seeps out from your hands, refrain from hydrating your soil for about a week. If it clumps into a ball—or if your clay-based soil creates a shiny ribbon—it still needs to dry out a little bit.
If you are a gardener and are concerned that you may be overwatering your plants, one way you can tell is by examining them. If they are green, look wilted, and the ground is wet, you may be overhydrating them.
Shape an owner-financed lot to be the slice of evergreen paradise you’ve always wanted. Contact the experienced Edinburg realtors of Santa Cruz Properties at (956) 383-0868 for more information regarding our lots today.