Trees are budding, the lawn needs cut (seriously, already?!?) and the home stores have plants and flowers to buy. Spring is finally here! There are so many great things about spring to look forward to. You get to start throwing meat (or veggies) on the grill every night, it’s still sunny out when you get off work, baseball, outdoor concerts and warm weekends.
Spring is the best time of year, but winter has left its mark on your lawn. Broken branches, bare patches and leaves just to name a few. If you put in just a little work now your lawn will thank you later! Here are a few tips to help you get your lawn off to the right start.
The first thing you should do every spring is rake your lawn. You need to get all the leaves and debris that has accumulated over the winter out of your lawn. I was shocked last year how much dead grass and leaves that I couldn’t see came out of my yard.
Fix the bare patches that popped up. The first thing you want to do is prep the area by loosening the surface by 2-4 inches, then level it off with the back of your rake. Next, spread a mixture of seed and compost (or fertilizer) over the bare spot.Then just tamp down the area with the back of your rake to firm up the area, then water the area. At this point I usually water the whole lawn and then over seed, I’m not 100% sure this helps but it seems to.
Check your hand tools and equipment. The last thing you want to do is make multiple trips to the home improvement store in the middle of a project! Check your shovels, your rakes, your lawn mower and even your sprinkler system to make sure you are ready to do the projects you want to do.
Get mulch and put it where it’s needed! Usually this time of year you can get mulch at $10 for five bags, it’s cheap and serves a couple of purposes. Mulch deters weeds and helps maintain soil temps and moisture. Plus it looks nice if you do it right (2-3 inch layer).You want to put mulch around trees, bushes, plants, perennials and bulbs.
Prune your trees. Usually after winter you find that you have some broken, diseased or dead limbs. Pruning your trees helps keep them healthy and growing, plus it keeps your yard looking like it’s in tip top shape.
Hold off on fertilizing your lawn. Generally you want to wait until after your first spring mow or a couple days before. Your lawn is now growing, it’s time to feed!
Sharpen your mower blade! If your blade is not sharp it will rip the grass instead of cutting it. A good sign for when you need to sharpen your blade is when you start seeing brown jagged tips in the grass instead of nice evenly cut tips.
There is so much you can do to help your yard be the envy of the neighborhood, these tips are just to help get you started.