Spring is here!
Well, sort of. It’s been a long winter, and your lawn is dying for the fresh air of spring. The harsh winter weather deprives your landscape from the elements they need, but now it are jumping for joy at the sight of the sun. The landscape is going to need some help, though, to get ready to flourish now that spring is here.
Before we dive into some tips for spring lawn care, why should you even care about your landscape in the first place? Well, your landscape is really the first thing anyone sees when they come to your house or even drive by. When you invite your friends and family over for that first spring barbecue, the first thing they will notice is your landscaping. Nice landscaping can also increase your home’s value if you ever decide to sell.
In order to make sure that your lawn and landscape are absolutely ready for the glories of spring, make sure you follow these few steps. Your lawn will love you, and you in turn, will love it. Well, the way it looks, anyway.
Spring cleaning isn’t just for indoors
After all the snow melts, you may notice that your lawn is not the cleanest it’s ever been. You want to make sure that you clean up all the access branches, twigs, leaves, and other debris that collect in your yard over the long winter months. Not only does all the extra junk in your yard look unattractive, it can actually cause a lot of problems.
All the extra debris lying around your lawn may lead to mold and bacteria growing. Mold and bacteria are very dangerous when they are touched or even breathed in by homeowners, so you want to prevent that as much as you can. Although mold and other fungi can actually help break down debris in your lawn, you want to make sure that it’s growing in your compost pile and not in your garden.
One good way to help get rid of access debris is using a rake. Send your kiddos out for a day of raking and turn it into a game. Or, if you have an air blower, your life just got a whole lot easier. Cleaning will be especially important if you did not do a last clean up in the fall time before the snow hit. If you leave the junk in your yard, you also risk blocking fertilizer and damaging your lawn mower.
It’s time to kill some weeds
The next step after your lawn is cleared is to free your yard of weeds. Weeds are a heinous species that can tremendously affect the growth of your plants. It may be hard to tell what a weed is because they disguise themselves so well as flowers, but you can use a plant index online that is specific to your area.
Your plants are going to be just starting to grow in the spring time, which is exactly why it is the perfect time to stop the weeds in their tracks. You want to make sure that you stop them before they start to grow. Once they begin to thrive and infest your yar, it will be very difficult for you to get rid of them. You will be fighting them off all season, so put the work in now so you won’t have to all summer long.
There are several ways you can kill and prevent weeds. The first thing you want to consider is purchasing a good weed killer. One that is safe for your garden and effective in controlling weed growth is a great choice. You can also deter weeds from growing by preparing plastic with holes cut into it where you want your plants to grow. This will redirect your plants to their designated areas while keeping weeds at bay at the same time.
Mulch, mulch, mulch
Mulch is actually another great way to help control weeds, and it makes your flower beds look great. Pick a color that you like, and have at it. You want to apply a four inch layer of fresh mulch to reduce weeds and keep your plants in place.
If weeds emerge after you apply the mulch, try very carefully hand-pulling them or pray a glyphosate product on any weeds that emerge.
Get ready to mow
After the winter, your lawn is going to be in need of a good mowing. There are some things to keep in mind with this, however. Many people believe that a once a week mowing is enough, but according to many lawn experts, but it is not. Your lawn should actually be mowed once every five days for at least the first six weeks, and then you can use your best judgement from there.
There are a few reasons your lawn needs to be mowed so often in the spring. First, many people want to keep their lawn at a consistent length, and that’s hard to do without frequent mowing because it grows so fast in the spring. Another reason is that if you let the grass get too high, and then you cut it, it actually stunts the roots so they can’t reproduce properly. This basically means you’re going to have wonking grass for the rest of the season.
Once you complete these steps, your lawn will be on it’s way to being happy and healthy. You then can start planning your landscaping for all the beautiful extras you want to put in. Flower beds, new bushes, trees, and whatever you can set your mind to are just around the corner once your lawn is prepped and ready to go.
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