New gardener with new house
Hi! I recently moved into a house with a yard, but up until now I have mostly lived in apartments, so I am completely new to yard maintenance and have no idea what I'm doing. I'm wondering if you have any general tips or resources for absolute beginners like me? I'm not as interested in growing food as I am in having a reasonably nice place to hang out in outside. The yard itself is pretty small and not very complicated (I think) - it's mostly lawn with some shrubs around the edges in some places. Thank you for any advice you can give me!
Linn County Oregon
Hi and thanks for contacting Ask an Expert.
If the lawn is looking good, you can just keep it watered minimally until the rains start. If you see any weeds, you can use a small shovel or weed pick to remove them by hand. Depending on what kind of shrubs you have will depend on what I can advise you. If you respond to this email with the types of shrubs I would be happy to advise.
Your lawn needs to stay mowed, be fertilized and watered properly. Do not use a weed in feed if you ever intend to grow your own food, have pets or children or you want to walk or lay on the lawn. Compost and shredded leaves are great for winter or early spring to help the grass grow. I have a link from Oregon State on lawns - it is really for very large lawns but there is info on fertilization and irrigation that may help you.
The next link is more generalized about lawns. https://www.oregonlive.com/hg/2013/05/creating_a_lush_lawn_everythin.html. Please feel free to re-contact us with any further questions you may have. Enjoy your new home.