As representatives of God on Earth, it’s important that Christians portray to the rest of the world what our way of living looks like. A great way to achieve this is to ensure you’re doing what you can to reflect an aesthetically-appealing presence of your place of worship. Whether you’ve never done anything special to maintain your church yard or just want some ideas on how to spruce yours up for the community to enjoy, there are a few things you can start doing to create a positive image.
Update Your Lawn Tools
Most of us possess the main ingredients when it comes to lawn care tools. While a functional lawnmower is a staple, there are so many new and exciting machines available to maximize your maintenance success. Finding a good weed eater and more of the latest tools in lawn care has never been easier, and just a few you should consider investing in include:
- Zero-turn mower
- Battery-operated weed eater
- Cordless mulching mower
- Electric leaf shredder
- Wood chipper
- Hedge trimmer
Test and Improve Soil
Flowers and other flora can make a significant difference in the overall appearance of your church’s lawn, and what better way to pay tribute to God than by displaying just a sample of the beauty of His creation. However, in order to ensure your additions thrive, it’s a good idea to test and improve your soil.
You can start the process by contacting your local Cooperative Extension office. They can send a professional to test the soil. When they do, they will be checking to see if the soil is acidic, neutral, or alkaline through pH testing. The following measures can be taken to correct problems:
- Soil is acidic- Acidic soil makes for a perfect breeding ground for nuisances such as weeds and diseases. It also makes various pesticides ineffective. To counteract acidic soil, lime can be used. This introduces a natural source of calcium and magnesium to encourage plant growth.
- Soil is alkaline- Soil that’s alkaline typically occur in areas with little rainfall and can make it difficult for plants to receive the nutrients they need for optimal growth and health. In order to reduce alkalinity in your church’s soil, you can apply:
- Soil conditioners with sulfur or gypsum
- Sphagnum peat moss
- Organic compost
For more information on the overall health of your church’s soil, you can visit the Government of Canada’s Canadian Soil Information Service.
Mow the Right Way
Mowing can prove to be a mundane task, and we typically just complete the job in rows until the entire lawn is finished. However, there are some helpful tips you should employ to maximize efficiency and quality of the work being performed. A few of these include:
- Clear any debris ahead of time.
- Review the turfgrass mowing height requirements to ensure you’re able to correctly prepare your lawn mower blade position.
- Mow when grass is dry.
- Mow moving forward.
- Compost your bag clippings.
- Keep mower blades sharpened and balanced to reduce the spread of disease and pests.
An Investment Worth Making
We only have one life to live, and walking in the footsteps of God is a great way to ensure you can live yours to the fullest. By following these tips, you can encourage both your flock and the community to follow the right path. You hold the keys to the creation of a positive image of your church in the community, and it all starts with their first impression when they drive by the church yard.