It’s March. Half the country is buried in snow and Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow says there are still six more weeks of winter. Eventually, when the snow will melts, you can tackle your muddy yard project yourself or with your local landscape professional.
Spring landscaping sets up your lawn for success in the summer. Whether working with a GreenPal service professional or getting your hands dirty, here are 10 tips to help make sure you have the best yard on the block.
- 1.Spring cleaning – Hopefully, you or your service pro tackled the leaves in the fall. If not, grab the right rake for the job and get to work. A deep raking can also help remove any grass that died during winter.
- 2.Inspect – Walk your lawn and look for bare spots and brown patches that need attention. Also, take time to inspect your equipment. Will your lawn mower start? Does the blade need sharpening? Is the sprinkler system working properly? Does your lawn have any winter salt damage from de-icers and salt?
- 3.Reseed – After winter, your lawn might have some bare spots. Grass and weeds compete for space, so it is important to fill the void with new grass to prevent weeds throughout summer.
- 4.Mow – Once the weather warms up and average daily temperatures rise above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, grass will start sprouting. New growth will require mowing. Set your mower higher and be sure to not cut your lawn too short. Try not to cut lower than 2½ inches or more than 1/3 of the length when you mow, as this removes too much of the grass leaf. Longer grass blades promote longer roots, absorb more nutrients and prevent weeds from growing.
- 5.Edge – Edging your lawn adds a clean appearance that improves the overall look of your lawn. Edging also prevents overgrowth onto sidewalks and flowerbeds as the lawn becomes more active in late spring and early summer.
- 6.Feed – Fertilizer is like a multivitamin for your lawn and plants; it helps them grow lush. Use a soil test to figure out the exact type of fertilizer to use. Soil tests are available at your local home store. They range in price from $10-$20 and are simple to use.
- 7.Weed – Prevent the spread of weeds by applying a pre-emergent herbicide, a preventative weed killer. If crabgrass is problematic in your area, consult with your local professional on exactly when crabgrass prevention is necessary; timing is crucial with its application.
- 8.Prune – Trim shrubs and plants for optimal growth. Spring’s blooming shrubs need pruning after they bloom, not before.
- 9.Water – Watering schedules vary by region and plant type and a home in Dallas requires a different schedule than a home in the Pacific Northwest. Mother Nature and, in some cases, local restrictions play a role in watering frequency. Regardless, you never want to over water. Use a water gauge and the best sprinkler for the lawn to be precise with your watering schedule.
- 10.Aerate – Consider aerating your lawn in the spring in cases of over compaction from traffic, thin turf from dying grass or excessive thatch from a poor watering/feeding schedule. Aerating relieves these issues and promotes healthy lawns.
These 10 tips will help you have a beautiful lawn this spring. If you have specific questions about your lawn, be sure to get in touch with a local lawn care company..
James Daugherty writes for Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge.