Winter weather leaves a mess behind when we roll into springtime, such as bare patches and broken tree limbs. When the sun starts shining and the weather gets warmer we all want to be outside! And with warmer weather, you’ll see your lawn and plants awaken with buds and color! Those are early signs to get your lawn ready. Prepping your lawn now will save you in the long run. Ohio’s Best Home Improvement thought we’d share how to get your yard ready for spring!
From Raking To Mowing Here’s How To Get Your Yard Ready For Spring!
Raking: if you want to help new growth, rake gently to remove leave and other debris. However, it might be best to wait till turfgrass gets a bit greener to make sure the grass blades are firmly rooted. Once you clean your lawn, you can boost it by spreading a thin layer of aged compost(corn gluten, combined with fertilizer makes a great compost).
Aerate If Need Be: A lawn aerator allows water and air to penetrate the soil to promote healthy growth. Early spring isn’t normally the time you would do this. But if you notice grass isn’t growing it’ll be an ideal time to aerate.
Mowing: Is one of the things we do once a week, but we really need to do it every 5 days. And do that for the next 6 weeks. If you let your grass get too high when you go to cut it, it stunts the roots and they can’t grow properly.
Trim Your Trees: You don’t have to do this often but every 3 years your trees should at least be inspected for dead limbs. It’s hard to tell what limbs are dead unless you get up close and personal. If dead branches are left unintended they can cause property damage or even an injury. You’ll want to do this before leaves grow.
Herbicides, And Mower Care!
Pre-Emergent Herbicides: If you prefer your lawn to be weed-free use a pre-emergent herbicide. Not all weeds are the same. Depending on when you receive your weeds will determine what to use. For crabgrass, you might need to use either a post-emergent or pre-emergent because it’s very tough to eradicate. Crabgrass grows in temperatures ranging from 65 degrees to 70 but it has to be warm for several days. Pre-emergent addresses weeds before the seedlings can emerge. Be careful some herbicides work against grass.
Post-Emergent/ Pulling Weeds: Dandelions are very pretty weeds but they also grow like wildfire. Before the seeds produce you’ll either want to snap off the flowers or dig them up by the root. There’s a wide variety of weed-popping tools that get the job done if you don’t want to do it by hand. If you’re using a post-emergent herbicide use one that’s used for broadleaf weeds.
Last but not least Mower Blades: Dull blades won’t cut your grass they actually rip up your lawn. Which will make your lawn more prone to infection and water loss.