Springtime Lawn Care

lawn careAs it gets warmer, the snow turns into rain and the skies become sunny, it’s clear that spring is upon us.  While your lawn most likely maintains a dingy brown look through the winter, it will soon be filled with flowers, shrubs and trees – as long as you provide the right care for it.  Set aside some time to maintain your lawn and you’ll be glad you did.  Here are some tips, based on an article I found from the real estate blog RISMedia:

Clean it up: When the ground is dry, go out to the yard for a clean-up session, removing old leaves and fallen twigs before you rake the grass to fluff it up.  Make sure you leave behind the shoots of the grass.  If the snow hasn’t melted yet, spread mounds of snow out over the lawn to avoid ugly-looking piles that will smother and kill grass.

Target weeds: Before weeds can make an appearance, apply a pre-emergent weed-control product so that you can give your lawn a chance to survive the onslaught of weed growth.  If you’d rather not use a herbicide, proper lawn care is the next best thing.  Mow regularly, reseed grass when necessary and lay down sod where the ground is bare.

Plant: If you want to lay down sod or plant seeds, then don’t use any pre-emergent weed control, since this will kill new grass as well as weeds.  The quickest way to a thick lawn is to lay down sod, which will offer you a thick and weed-free lawn in record time.  Planting seeds is cheaper, but you’ll need to do a lot of maintenance to nurture growth.  

Fertilize: The best time to apply fertilizer depends on where you live.  Warm-season grasses should be fertilized in late spring when the lawn turns green.  Apply fertilizer to cold-season grasses with a light hand in the spring only if your lawn is in bad shape.  Yet too much fertilizer is a bad thing, causing early growth grasses that won’t be hardy enough to last through the summer heat.  Fertilize a second time in the fall, when the growing season for cool grasses is at its peak.  

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