Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips
It seems as though each Spring we begin to think about landscaping and manicuring our precious front and backyard spaces and this year is no different. Soon the hum of lawnmowers will be filling neighborhoods on leisurely weekend afternoons. One study by the Professional Lawn Care Association of America revealed that American homeowners spend approximately $6.4 billion per year just on lawn care alone.
Everything from seeding the lawn, tuning up the lawnmower, fertilizing and watering – it all takes time, manpower and money!
Why do we do it?
Here are a few simple answers – to watch our children and grandchildren running and playing, witnessing our four-legged friends dart from one end of the yard to the other in delight and also to feel the grass on our feet when we walk barefoot through it. And, to just to admire the beauty of a manicured yard.
Did you know that there are over 25 million acres of tended lawns in the United States?
Having a beautiful lawn to enjoy for the summer season all begins with necessary spring maintenance. Unfortunately, winter takes its toll on grass by compacting the soil, thus enabling weeds and disease to prosper and altering the pH of the soil. So it is up to us to help grow back the bare spots and intervene to protect the lawn against unwanted invasive plants. Water, sun and fertilizer are the basic necessities for most lawns. However, there is more to lawn care than just these three provisions.
What are some of the key factors that determine the success of your lawn care regime?
The frequency of mowing and the height that you have the mower adjusted to are two items to consider. While cutting your lawn shorter may mean more time in between mowing, it also can cause damage to your lawn over time. By mowing the lawn too short it removes the nutrients that are stored in the leaf blades and also exposes the lawn to harmful weeds because more of the soil is exposed to the sunlight. When mowing you only want to cut the top one-third of the grass blades.
Special spring lawn care tips:
- Explore the use of pre-emergent to get a handle on the weeds (including crabgrass).
- Try to water your lawn only once a week. Ensure that it is a deep watering, meaning that it gets down to the roots. If you water more frequently and for shorter amounts of time, it exposes your lawn to more risk of pests as well as thatch. Obviously, how long you water is dependent upon your soil type.
- Feed your lawn. Every spring and fall is the best time to fertilize. Look into a complete fertilizer that includes micronutrients as well. Check with your local garden shop for the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for your area of the country.
- Consider lightly aerating your lawn to reduce the amount of soil compaction.
- If you have the option of bagging the clippings versus leaving them on the lawn, it is best to spread them over the lawn as it adds organic matter which is very good for the soil.
Is your lawnmower up to the challenge?
It’s been a long winter for most so make sure that your lawnmower is in tip-top shape for the upcoming mowing season. Make sure to remove any stale gasoline left over from last year. Check the blade to see if it needs sharpening and replace the oil if needed. If your lawnmower is equipped with an air filter, then it may be time to replace it in order to improve the airflow to the engine. Also, don’t forget to check the spark plugs.
A lush, green cover can be realized in no time with some extra time and tender loving care for your lawn.
Follow these spring lawn care simple tips and your neighbors will be green with envy over how good your lawn looks. And, if your house on the market, buyers will be looking at your green thumb and your Spring lawn maintenance tips in caring for your lawn.
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