Preparing Lawn and Garden for Spring

Your lawn needs to be in top shape as the spring season approaches. Temperatures are getting warmer as the grass shifts from their dormant stage to an active one. How can you maximize what this season has to offer? Check out our quick guide to preparing lawn and garden for spring.

1) Clean the Lawn

You must first remove the debris that has accumulated over the winter season. Failure to do so can lead to your lawn mower getting clogged. Likewise, the debris can prevent the soil from adequately absorbing the fertilizer. The debris includes dry leaves, twigs, and pinecones. It’s up to you which cleaning tool you will use.

Some people are comfortable with raking the debris while others prefer the added power of an air blower or a lawn sweeper. You have to remove the leaves even if you already did some raking back in fall. After all, raking deeply is a good way to remove thick layers of thatch. Furthermore, raking is a simple but effective solution against patches of grass affected by the snow mold disease.

2) Use Fertilizer and Herbicide

When it comes to controlling crabgrass, it’s definitely better to do it as early as possible. Apply fertilizer to your lawn to help the grass grow. At the same time, use a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent the proliferation of the weed. Apply these two products to your lawn again after eight weeks.

3) Use Your Lawn Mower and Tune It Up

It’s better to mow your lawn once every five days instead of once per week during the early stage of spring. Allowing the grass blades to become tall before you cut them can impede the optimal development of the root systems.

Moreover, now is the perfect time to tune up your lawn mower. You wouldn’t want to wait until summer when you’ll be using the mower constantly. While you can hire someone else to tune your mower up, you can also do it yourself. First, remove the spark plug wire to prevent the mower from starting on accident.

Next, read the instruction manual to determine how you can drain the oil from the mower. Get brand new air filters and replace the clogged ones in the mower. Also, replace spark plug carefully with the use of a spark plug wrench. Sharpen the mower blades with a grinder or a metallic file. Change the oil and the gas. Lastly, attach the spark plug wire once again.

4) Conduct Tree Trimming

This is a good time to check your trees for any dead branches. If you can’t do it by yourself, do seek professional pruning services. Homeowners need to get rid of any decaying parts of the tree. Doing so will prevent any possible injuries if they ever fell down without notice. Similarly, trimming the trees will keep your lawn neat.

Here is a video of pruning trees:

5) Consider Overseeding Your Lawn

Spring isn’t the best period for overseeding your lawn, but there are exceptions. For example, a lawn that has many bare patches should be overseeded. These patches on your lawn could be the result of many things: pest infestations, plant diseases, dog spots, severe traffic, and neglect.

Overseeding without aeration is possible, but you need to ensure an application of a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer early on. Moreover, you need to use a quick-release nitrogen-based fertilizer once the lawn grass has undergone germination.

6) Look for Compacted Soil

Your lawn might have succumbed to heavy foot traffic due to all of the snow and ice covering it. One bad effect of this is how the soil becomes compacted. The best solution here is to buy or rent an aerator. As its name implies, an aerator helps the soil to breathe by making holes in the soil. Moreover, aeration helps both water and fertilizer to reach the root systems of grass.

In conclusion, there are many activities you can conduct to help your lawn prepare for the spring season. These include cleaning the lawn with a rake, an air blower, or a lawn sweeper. Likewise, apply fertilizer and herbicide on your lawn. Mow your lawn, trim the trees, overseed the bare patches, and fix the compacted soil. If you have any queries, feel free to send us a comment.

Thank you to Ann Sanders for this informative piece. Ann Sanders is the Founder of A Green Hand, a blog dedicated to offering a platform for gardening and healthy living enthusiasts to exchange ideas so we can all play a role in making our world a better place. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.