As Summer Ends...Prepare Your Yard for Spring!
There is no better time to prepare your yard and lawn for a fresh new spring. Several tasks need to be accomplished before the start of the growing season to give your yard the boost it needs. Following a few simple steps now will ensure your yard is vibrant all spring and summer long. Let’s take a closer look.
1. Rake Your Lawn
You may not consider raking after all the leaves have fallen, but there are good reasons to give your lawn a once-over before the end of fall. Raking lifts dead grasses off the lawn and gives your yard a better chance to breathe and get ready for springtime regrowth.
Similarly, it is wise to take this time to get the soil ready, too. Aerating helps unpack the dirt after a year of natural compaction. Raking handles the surface and removes dead grass and leaves, while aeration digs a little deeper.
3. Assess the Soil
The soil in your yard can tell you a lot. You can take your soil sample to a local Cooperative Extension Office. This is a free national scientific resource that can provide information on your soil. You also can look for some things like moss growth on the grass.
4. Overseed Bare or Light Patches
If you have bare or sparse patches of grass, throw down some extra seed. Overseeding doesn’t mean too much seed — it means putting seed over existing grass to help it germinate. Fall is considered the best time for this task, but if you see bare patches, go for it now.
5. Spread Fertilizer
Like people, plants need food. The best food for your grass is fertilizer. You can choose a natural fertilizer such as compost or use a mulching mower, but some chemical options are available at your local garden center too. Spring is a good time for a light feeding.
6. Maintain Your Mower
Before the first lawn-mowing session of the year, be sure your lawnmower is in good working order. There is nothing worse than discovering a problem halfway through mowing the yard. Give your mower a tune-up or, and if it is struggling, consider investing in a new one.
Call us today to discuss ways to prepare your yard for springtime.