Winter is almost over and often, in its wake is a yard that’s begging for a little care and attention. Spring is the best time to carry out some maintenance on your lawn. However, ensure that the lawn is fully green so that you do not end up killing the new shoots or compacting the grass. Here are the top five tips on how to get your lawn ready for spring.
Clean the Yard
The onset of spring is the best time to freshen up your yard’s appearance by cleaning up any dead leaves, grass, and fallen tree branches. You can do this using a rake but ensure that the ground is completely dry because raking over wet grass could uproot it, leaving you with bare patches. Prune any plants, trees, and shrubs on your yard. Rather than disposing of the debris, use it to make a compost pile.
Aerate the Soil
Aeration involves perforating the soil with holes that enables easy absorption of water and nutrients by reducing soil compaction. This results in a healthier and fuller lawn. During the spring it is advisable to aerate the soil before its temperatures hit 55-60 degrees as beyond this point, the perforations will give room for the growth of aggressive weeds.
Apply a Pre-Emergent Herbicide
Spring pre-emergent herbicides are meant to prevent weeds such as spurge, crabgrass, and clovers from growing. These herbicides are either in liquid or granular form. You will need to know the type of grass on your lawn as not every pre-emergent treatment might be compatible with it. The treatment is needs to be applied to before the weeds begin to grow, otherwise, it will not be effective.
Add More Shade
It is inevitable that you will be drawn to the outdoors during the warm months. However, exposure to the sun the whole day is not a good idea. Adding a stylish patio or a pergola on your backyard complete furniture and a fire pit or a barbecue creates a comfortable and relaxing environment on the outdoors. Alternatively, you could put up a simple patio umbrella.
Hang Some Outdoor Lights
To fully enjoy your evenings during the spring, you need to install some outdoor lights. String lights are easy to install and quite inexpensive. Solar string lights are quite convenient as you do not need to plug them into a power outlet. Simply wrap the string lights on the around the trees in your porch. Garden lanterns are also a beautiful way of showcasing a particular feature on your landscape. However, make sure they are suited for outdoor use and can be connected to a dimmer which regulates the power consumption and ambient lighting. Outdoor lights can also be used to illuminate walkways, a swimming pool, or special potted plants.
Prepping your yard for the spring will not be an isolated event, but if you do the heavy lifting earlier on during the season, you will have enough time to enjoy the outdoors.
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