Homeowners should begin now to prepare their lawns for spring, as well as the sweltering summer months to come.
As winter slowly eases its icy grip on the earth, but before the first welcomed Robin appears, is the ideal time to prepare one’s lawn for spring, as well as the sweltering summer months to come. After all, as the old adage says, a good offense is the best defense.
Begin with the foundation, meaning the soil upon which flowers, shrubs, and trees are dependent for nourishment and, ultimately, their survival. After all, if the soil is depleted of essential nutrients, it cannot provide a healthy foundation for grass, shrubs, flowers, or trees.
First, consider spreading a quality weed-and-feed product that provides nutrients while destroying unsightly growth such as dandelions, clover, carpetweed, chickweed, dollar-weed, and various plantains, as well as other varieties of weeds. However, do not spread a weed-and-feed product until all danger of frost has passed since doing so can actually encourage weed production and impede the development of new grass.
Second, if unsightly bald spots mar your lawn, spring is the perfect time to re-sod or grow new grass seeds into existing turf. Just be sure to choose a grass that is indigenous to the area, and once the sod is placed where needed, water it frequently, but not too frequently, until it has established a hardy root system.
Spring is also the ideal time to fertilize shrubs and trees. As is the case when selecting a weed-and-feed product for the lawn, however, the fertilizer utilized for shrubs and trees should be appropriate for the soil surrounding them. With this in mind, if you are unsure of the soil composition in your immediate area, you should consider asking for information at a local nursery or garden shop since an expert opinion can help ensure that the right product is utilized and plants are not damaged.
Although many shrubs and flowers benefit from pruning in the autumn, after they have become dormant, spring is the ideal time to lob off branches that did not fare well through the winter, as well as dead and rotted flower stalks and old growth. For flowers, simply cut the old growth off a ground level, leaving the roots intact, and the flowers will re-sprout as the days grow a bit warmer and be much prettier and healthier looking as a result
Trees also benefit from pruning, especially if they have limbs that are more dead than alive, although if the tree is quite large and you are inexperienced or ill-equipped to tackle the job, it’s recommended that you consult a professional tree service. Any expense connected with hiring a professional will be offset by the decreased chance of self-injury, harm to the tree, or property destruction.
The Finishing Touch
Another thing that you can do to prepare your lawns for spring is to inspect walkways and patio areas. Clean these areas with a wire brush and cleansing product then rinse well. Moreover, if any tiles, bricks, or stones were dislodged or warped by cold weather, replace or repair them. Also inspect yard ornaments, furniture, and bird feeders, cleaning, repairing, or replacing items as necessary.
If you follow these steps, you can prepare your lawn for spring and the coming summer months and be assured that your yard will be, if not the showplaces of your neighborhoods, at least healthy, happy, and well maintained.