There are some days that it might seem hard to believe, but as winter starts to wind down, it's time to start thinking about planning your spring projects. It will soon be time to put the snow blower and shovels into hibernation and dust off your lawn mower, rakes and gardening tools. While it might still seem a little too cool to think about getting into your lawn maintenance routine, you need to start your lawn care in early spring in order to enjoy the benefits through the summer and into the fall.
Following the below steps will not only give you a head start on creating a beautiful lawn, but will ensure you keep your lawn looking full and healthy for months to come.
Take the time to clean up the yard, removing twigs and broken branches that have accumulated throughout the winter. For easier cleanup, use a leaf blower when you can. For the areas that are a bit tougher to clean up, use a rake.
Look for areas where the soil is compacted and spots that are covered in moss. If compaction is found, keep it mind for the fall as that is the best time to take care of lawn aeration.
Once you have taken the time to clean up the lawn and remove any twigs and leaves, be sure to apply fertilizer and a pre-emergent (an herbicide which control weeds). While this initially needs to be done in early spring, plan on repeating this process again approximately 6 weeks later for best results. This will ensure your taking care of weeds before they have a chance to take over.
If moss is found, you can assume the acid level in your lawn is high. To remedy this, you will want to apply lime to your soil. You can take a soil sample to your local lawn care store to have it tested. There you will find out the acidity levels and how much lime you’ll need for the area.
If bare spots are found due to high traffic or wear and tear from animals, you’ll want to consider the process known as overseeding. While overseeding is typically best when done in the fall, you can certainly try to rectify the problem by loosening about 2-4 inches of soil and spreading a combination of grass seed and fertilizer over the bare spots.
Plan on mowing your lawn early on, before it grows too high, and continue to mow approximately every five days during early spring for best results. If you wait for the lawn to get too high before mowing, you run the risk of damaging the grass roots. When mowing, be sure to mow to a height of 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches. Mowing high and often will produce tougher turf that keeps weeds at bay and also helps to retain moisture during the hot summer months
Apply a thick layer of mulch to flower beds and the base of trees and shrubs. Not only does the mulch give your landscape a fresh look, it helps to moderate soil temperatures and moisture levels.
While there is no doubt a list of tasks that needs to be taken care of and steps to follow if you want a lush, healthy lawn, spring maintenance is easier and faster if you took the time to properly prep your lawn in the fall. Spring cleaning, mowing and fertilizing are relatively easy steps to follow in order to get the results you want. Once you do your part, you can count on the sun and warmth of the spring and summer months to take care of the rest for you.