Landscaping isn’t always easy. One of the toughest things to get right is the one that appears simple on paper- the lawn. Here’s some tips to help you refresh your lawn at get it ready to be picture perfect by spring.
Prepare the lawn for growth
Any good landscaper will tell you that no amount of nutrients will help if you don’t do the prep work first. If you’re aiming for a beautiful view from your backyard porch in summer, use spring to get it in tip top shape. Of course, it goes without saying that big, unmoving objects should be kept off the lawn all year round, in case it does long-term damage and kills patches. Raking and keeping smaller debris like leaves off the lawn will also help prepare the surface to be ready for nutrients and growth.
Lawn maintenance starts from within
Healthy lawn maintenance starts with what goes into the lawn. Unless you are in an area with water restrictions or heavy rainfall, don’t just rely on natural water to keep your lawn in tip top shape. Judge for yourself by hunting for curled blades on the lawn. It’s always a good idea to test your irrigation system in spring, too, to make sure that there are no unpleasant surprises in summer. If you have a warm season lawn, now is the time or seed over any holes or bare patches, and to apply a suitable fertilizer to kick-start growth. Soil tests will help determine what nutrients you may be missing. More explained here.
Get your landscaper to aerate.
Aerating the lawn makes sure that the soil hasn’t compacted, and that air, nutrients and growing roots can easily make their way through the soil. It’s also a good time to get your landscaper to mow and edge the lawn, making it neat and tidy for future growth. Remember you should never remove ore then a third of the lawn’s length at a time.
Watch for pests.
Spring is also a great time for you to double check your weed and pest control strategies. A healthily growing lawn will not actually allow space for weeds to root, so good maintenance will help as a preventative strategy. Spot treatment for trouble patches is recommended. Pests will also begin to make an appearance in spring, so be sure to be proactive on this aspect of lawn maintenance.
Lawn maintenance is the best way to make sure that you have a beautiful lawn that you can be proud of through the long summer months of backyard patio brunches and barbecues . A little lawn maintenance in the spring months can have far-reaching effects throughout the year and help set you up for easier pest and weed control, better growth, and renewed activity from the grass in the lawn itself. Careful mowing and maintenance will help from there on out.
Talk to your landscaper today or get hands on, and get that lawn ready for spring.