Spring lawn preparation is essential for a healthy yard as the seasons begin to change. After a long winter, the soil is spongy and the plants are tender.
Taking the right steps will ensure that your lawn and garden are restored to their previous glory. Luckily, these steps may not be as time-consuming as you think.
Lawn Preparation: DIY or Experts?
A large portion of your lawn preparation can be done on your own, depending on the circumstances. But there are some tasks that are best done with the supervision of the experts, such as sod installation.
Many lawn preparation projects depend on the weather and climate of your region. For example, when you are sure that the winter season is over, this is a good time to start raking and applying pre-emergent herbicides to stay ahead of potential weed growth.
A Few Considerations
Spring lawn preparation provides a good chemical, physical and biological environment for better lawn growth and development. It allows for good management of nutrients, water, weeds, and pests.
All these benefits will assure a healthy spring lawn. A well-prepared yard will boost soil quality, guaranteeing healthy grass growth. Simple machines can lessen the burden of work, such as, hoes, pallet, shovels, weed cutters, or any sharp tool that can cut small unwanted plants.
Mowing, Watering, and Fertilizing
The clean scent of freshly cut grass makes us feel as though spring has truly arrived. Be sure you leave the clippings behind to nourish your yard, rather than using a bag mower. Mowing, watering, and fertilizing will keep your lawn beautiful and inviting.
Most experts recommend keeping your blades about 1.5in long, with an irrigation schedule of 3-4 times per week. However, if you need to water less often due to local restrictions, simply watering more deeply is also adequate. Fertilizer is best applied around May, when your plants and grass are in their peak growth season.
You should get your sprinkler system inspected annually to ensure it is watering efficiently and there are no leaks in the irrigation system.
If you’ve raked away all the debris that collected on your lawn over the winter, yet it is still failing to thrive, you may want to consult a professional for further damage control. Any sort of de-icer you may have used in the winter season, such as rock salt, can unfortunately leave you with a damaged ground cover. For spot-treatment of lingering dry patches, reach out to one of our pros to assist you with more intensive lawn repair.
- Sod installation and applying pre-emergent herbicides are good examples of lawn care tasks that may be best handled with the help of an expert.
- A healthy yard is the best way to begin the spring season. Be sure you’re using the right tools and fertilizers for your breed of ground cover.
- Mowing to about 1.5inches of height, as well as watering at least twice per week, are best practices for a healthy yard.
- For trouble areas that may have been damaged in the winter, reach out to an expert to identify how best to treat persistent dry patches.
Spring lawn preparation can be time-consuming at the beginning, but a well-tended yard has the best chance of staying lush and healthy throughout the season. Let us know if you are in need of further guidance, or if you’d like a free estimate for professional lawn care services.