Simple Steps you can do to Prep your Lawn for Spring
Simple Steps you can do to Prep Your Lawn for Spring
Would you like to jumpstart your lawn awakening as soon as the ground defrosts? So you can avoid a muddy disaster zone later!
Here are some steps to help you:
1. Assess the Mess
As soon as you can stand being outdoors for an extended period of time, see what mother nature has dealt you. You should take a walk around your property looking for fallen branches, dead leaves, and other debris. Clear it away so you’re able to do a general inspection of your lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden structures! Take a look to see what grass is coming back or what areas it’s not. You should get rid of those broken tree limbs, although if they look dangerous… call an arborist!
2. Rake and Wake Your Grass
Just like you grass likes to hunker down on those dark winter days so you have to wake it up! A good way to get your grass ready is to rake out areas of thatch. What is thatch? It is dried, dead grass that can be thick and deep. If you don’t, thatch will keep oxygen and sunlight from other plants and grass. Another good thing to do is check for fungus and mold growth around your yard. Don’t worry if you run across “snow mold” — a pinkish or gray web over matted blades of grass, or possibly just a slimy brown mess. Snow mold is rarely serious, all you have to do is gently rake it out and it will dry! The grass may be a bit brown, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead you can bring it back to its green look in no time!
3. Weed Out Weeds
Are you finding a lot of crabgrass out there? Is your crabgrass out of control or are you just hell-bent on getting rid of it? Well here is what you need to know about getting rid of that nasty crabgrass. The key to preventing crabgrass is timing, you want to get to them before they start sprouting. Using a pre-emergent crabgrass control before the soil temperature hits about 55 degrees helps, that way you get to the crabgrass before it begins to grow. If you are all ready to get seeding, remember this… you can’t put out grass seed until at least eight weeks have passed since you applied the crabgrass control.
4. Trim the Trees and Shrubs
Now is the time to take a closer look at those trees and shrubs! Feeling brave? You can do the shrubs on your own! However, if you’re concerned about your trees, hire a certified arborist! One important thing about trimming is to be careful about trimming growth. You want new growth on your shrubs and trees to get healthy enough to sustain itself in case of a second cold snap! If your shrubs are flowering, enjoy the beauty and wait until flowers bloom so you don’t cut off limbs that will be producing flowers or fruit.
5. Don’t Forget the Mower and What-Nots
Winter is always hard on your garden and other garden elements. We recommend making sure your irrigation system works properly, and check to see if there is damage to any of your garden lighting. You should fix broken or damaged patio furniture and any wooden structures. Even cleaning off your deck once it’s warm enough that power-washing won’t create a deck ice rink… unless that’s what you’re aiming for! Don’t forget to tune up the lawn mower and string trimmer. Take the time to clean, sharpen, and oil your pruning shears so they’ll be ready when the temperatures start to rise. We all know that yard work takes time so prepping the yard won’t be just a single weekend event. Although if you get the heavy lifting out of the way early, it won’t be long before you’re feeling the warm, soft grass between your toes!
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