5 Lawn Care Tips to Prepare For Spring
The closer we get to spring, the closer we get to lawnmower season. While it has been nice to get a break from mowing the lawn, it’s time to get ready! We have a few tips to make sure that your lawn looks as nice as possible this spring:
Clean It Up!
Now is the time to clean up all the debris that Old Man Winter has left in the yard. The first step to prepare your lawn for spring is to clean up all the leaves, twigs, branches, and other things that have gathered over the winter. While you can use a rake for this, it may be faster and easier to use an air blower.
Why take this step? Because all those leaves and twigs can get stuck in your lawnmower later, creating issues that you don’t want to deal with. Leaving a layer of debris on the ground can also keep fertilizers and weed killers from reaching the ground and doing the job they’re designed to do. Plus, the end result just looks neater and cleaner. While raking doesn’t rank high on anyone’s “fun list,” it’s definitely worth taking this step.
Tree Trimming - It’s Not Just for Christmas Anymore.
Along with picking up the sticks on the ground, it’s a good idea to check any trees you may have in your yard, as well. Dead branches can be both unsightly and dangerous. If you leave them untended, they can fall and cause property damage and potential injury. It’s best to get this done early, before leaves begin to sprout, while it’s easier to see the condition of the branches.
Prep the Lawn.
Once the lawn has been cleared of debris, you can begin treating it for the best possible lawn. This will include a combination of products, including fertilizer (which feeds the grass) and pre-emergent (which is intended to prevent crabgrass). About six to eight weeks after your first application, lay down another application of fertilizer and pre-emergent, and consider a weed killer as well. Many lawn care products offer a combination of these products in one application, which makes things easier and more efficient for you. If you prefer not to use herbicides, of course, you always have the option of weeding your lawn by hand.
- Start Your Engines.
Your lawnmower has been sitting in the garage (or shed, or crawlspace) all winter long. While you’re prepping your lawn for spring, it’s a good idea to check out your mower before you use it for the first time this year. Of course, there are plenty of places around town that will be happy to help you give it a tune-up--there are many small mechanical shops and larger home improvement stores that provide lawn mower tune-up services. Or, if you prefer, you can do it yourself.
To service your lawnmower yourself, clean the top and bottom (make sure you remove any old grass still caked on the blades), check the spark plugs and the oil. Clean or change the air filter, depending on what type of filter your mower has. Sharpen the blade (carefully) or replace it if it’s in bad shape--this will make sure that the mower cuts the grass instead of shredding it, and will keep your grass from turning brown after mowing. Lubricate the moving parts, and refer to your owner’s manual often. Proper and regular maintenance will help your lawn mower last you for a long time, and ensure that it is always ready to go when you need it.
- Mow Problems.
Many homeowners make the mistake of mowing only once a week or every two weeks in the spring. However, this can actually stunt the growth of your lawn. If you’re looking for a thick, full, luxurious carpet of grass, it’s actually better to mow more often early in the spring--every five days or so depending on the weather. As the season goes on, you can cut down on your mowing as desired.
Of course, you can always consult a qualified landscaping company to help you with your lawn care needs, but we hope these tips have given you an idea of what to expect. And if you are looking for a new home with a beautiful lawn, our qualified real estate agents are ready to help you find the right one. Give us a call at 919-917-7100 or visit our website to start your home search today!