Lush green lawns don’t happen by accident, they come about with hard work and preparation. That preparation starts in the spring as soon as the weather starts to warm up. You need to start the spring cleanup once the ground thaws and that will go a long way to making sure that your yard is the envy of the neighborhood. Here are 5 tips for getting your lawn ready for summer.
1. Clear Up the Clutter
Mother Nature can be brutal on your property, loads of snow and frost can wreak havoc on your grass, trees and plants. Once the snows have gone it is time to assess the mess and start the cleanup around your property. Get rid of all the broken branches and debris and have a good look at your lawn and see what needs to be done.
2. Rake and Aerate
You want to start raking your grass to get it ready to grow in the summer. Areas that have thick overgrowth or long grass can be really thick and damp, that can keep the grasses underneath from getting much needed sunlight and oxygen. You want to take this time to check and see if you have any fungus or molds. You may find something called “snow mold” it is a grey or pink web like substance over your grass, don’t worry too much about it, it will go away once your grass dries out. The grass may look brown and pretty ugly, don’t worry about that either the warm weather and sunshine will have it green again in no time.
3. Treat the Weeds
If you have crab grass or some other type of weeds that have managed to permeate the lawn in the fall and winter then now is the time to deal with it. Crabgrass can be hard to get rid of. You need to wait until the soil is warm enough before putting down a crab grass preventer. If you are adding grass seed, then you will have to wait at least 8 weeks after that before putting it down. Here is how to get rid of crabgrass.
4. Trim the Trees
Before you start planting the flowers you should make sure that you trim all of the trees and shrubs around your property. It will help to encourage new healthy growth. If you have never trimmed your own trees before then you should contact a tree service or landscape company to take care of it for you.
5. Tune-Up the Lawnmower
While the grass may not be ready to mow just yet you can take this time to tune-up your lawnmower and other garden tools to make sure that everything is in good working order. Get string for the string trimmer, sharpen your gardening shears and generally making sure all of your gardening gear is ready. You also want to take a look around the yard and get rid of old broken furniture, make sure your sprinkler system is good to go.
Getting the lawn ready as soon as the weather warms up is a sure fire way to make sure that you have a lush lawn come summer. Work now and enjoy later!