It is springtime! Spring is in the air. The bees are buzzing, the sun is shining, and the ten layers of clothing you wear are being shed. What a glorious time to be alive indeed!
What is the best thing about spring? Your lawn care. Do you think we are joking? Does the TTC subway keep suspending service on weekends? Lawn preparation might be tedious work when it is 35 degrees Celsius at the end of August. When you get the chance to flee your humble abode in March and prepare your lawn for the coming months, you are grateful that you have a yard to look after.
It has been too long since you mowed the lawn, cared for plants, or even enjoy your front yard or backyard. While it is true that winter has not been too bad this year in Canada, it still paled in comparison to the wonders of spring. Now that winter is making its grand exit, you can begin to concentrate on the more important things, like barbecues, ballgames, and borscht. And, of course, everything that comes with lawncare!
So, what should you be doing anyway? Here are the eight spring lawn preparation tips for homeowners:
1. Remove the debris from the lawn
A lot of the spring lawn preparation actually begins near the end of winter. Sure, the ice and snow are covering your lawn, but a lot of debris can still build up, especially on those balmy days when the harsh elements of winter melt away. Everything from candy bar wrappers to dog feces, your front lawn can still capture a lot of trash. As Old Man Winter waves bye-bye, you can begin to clean up your yard!
2. Trim and prune the lawn
In order to keep your landscape healthy and thriving for the upcoming spring and fall, one of the first spring lawn preparation tasks you need to take is trimming and pruning. All the brushes, plants, shrubbery, and trees that were left standing before Winter’s arrival need to be taken care of right away.
Also, be sure to remove dead and diseased branches that may have been damaged from a bad storm or were swarmed by animals or insects.
3. Find small debris for compost
Dead grass, small sticks, scrunched paper, fruit waste, and a pile of leaves – if you locate small debris, then be sure to save it for your compost. Not only can gathering the small stuff help you with your lawn care, but this spring lawn preparation trick can also give you a few additions to your compost.
4. Prepare your lawnmower
You are probably excited to take your lawnmower for a spin. You miss the days of waking up early on Sunday, basking in the sun and warm temperatures, and smelling the sweet aroma of freshly cut grass. Before you get carried away, you must prepare your lawnmower for the days of wine and roses.
But how can you get it ready for the spring and summer workload? Here are a few tips:
- Perform routine maintenance and be sure to inspect the entire machine.
- Fine-tune your mower to ensure everything is working.
- Give it a good clean.
5. Feed nutrients to your lawn
Your lawn is hungry. What do you when something is starving? You feed it. Well, it is time to seed your lawn and nourish it so your garden can be the star of the neighbourhood for the next few months. And don’t be too worried about overseeding because the extra seeds can repair those awful patches and fight against insects and disease.
So, grab your Scotts Turf Builder, distribute the seeds evenly onto your lawn, rake the soil, and let the sunlight do the rest.
6. Water the lawn
Not only is your lawn hungry, but it is also thirsty. What do you when something is thirsty? You give it plenty of water to chug down.
One of the best spring lawn preparation tips is to water your lawn daily so that it stays moist. You can begin to curtail your watering when the grass seed starts to sprout. Just remember to water during the day, avoid watering at night, and water deeply (one inch of water per week) unless it has rained.
7. Fertilize the lawn
You might scoff at the idea of fertilising your lawn because you take such good care of it. However, some lawns do require fertiliser to stay healthy, lush, and beautiful, even if you got a head start on spring lawn preparation.
Fertiliser can also act as a defense from diseases, pests, and white grubs that can cause damage – major and minor – that will require a hefty investment in the future.
8. Apply herbicide to the lawn
When spring arrives, the weeds come out to play. They can be a nuisance, but they do not have to be permanent. With herbicides, also known as weed control, you can keep your lawn looking pristine without the invasion of the weeds. You can purchase herbicide with or without chemicals.
Or, if you enjoy getting your hands dirty, you can always dig the weeds out by their roots. At the very least, you can always snap the flower stems before they produce and leave behind seeds.