The holidays are over and we’re already in our second month this year, which means springtime is just around the corner. A lot of folks are already starting to make their to-do lists to welcome the coming of spring.
Some have already started to get a little bit of spring cleaning done. Others have started to gather seeds and seedlings to plant for when the ground is already clear of frost. Then there are those who have already made some phone calls for a solar panel installation on their rooftops or concrete damage repair in their driveway. Still, others are already packing some of their winter stuff up putting them back into storage.
What about you? How are you preparing your home for the coming season? Make sure to include your lawn in your list of spring cleaning activities.
6 Steps to Prepare Your Lawn for Springtime
If you want to have a house that looks great during the spring, you need to take care of its exteriors, especially your lawn and garden. Even if you don’t have a sprawling front lawn or backyard, a well-maintained garden can greatly increase a property’s aesthetic value and curb appeal.
Here are a few practical things that you can do to get your lawn and garden ready for spring.
Step 1: Check first if all your tools and equipment are in good working condition.
First things first, you can’t work your lawn if you don’t have the right or working tools and equipment. Inspect your tools and make sure they’re still in good condition and ready for spring.
Take the time, too, to go over your lawnmower and see if it needs cleaning or servicing. Perform a tune-up if you need to as long as you know how to do it. If not, we suggest taking it to a professional.
Replace the oil, change the spark plug, apply some grease where needed, clean up its carburetor, install a new filter, sharpen its blades, and clean its underside.
Step 2: Rake deeply.
The next thing you have to do after inspecting your tools and equipment is to do some cleaning on your lawn. Get rid of leaves, twigs, branches, and other debris that’s scattered all over it. This step is important because you would want to have a clear lawn before you mow it. If you don’t, debris can get stuck in your lawnmower and damage it. They also block fertilizers and other essential materials from being fully absorbed by the soil.
Step 3: Apply fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicides to the soil.
During the first few days of spring, you should apply fertilizers and pre-emergents to your soil. Fertilizers feed the soil making it more conducive to planting. Pre-emergent herbicides prevent crabgrass from growing on your lawn because once they start to pop up, you’ll be struggling with them all season long. Doing this ensures that you have a healthy and lush lawn.
Step 4: Get to mowing the lawn early on.
Most homeowners make the mistake of assuming that a once-a-week springtime mowing will do. Experts recommend mowing the lawn every five or six days for the first six weeks of spring so you get the best possible results and have a fuller and thicker lawn.
Step 5: Don’t forget to trim your trees.
Don’t just keep your focus on the grass and shrubs. A well-maintained lawn or garden also means that the trees are also well taken care of.
Wintertime takes a toll on trees and plants so you should inspect the trees for any signs of dead branches. Dead branches should be taken down to prevent accidents from taking place at home. You can cut them down yourself if you have the right tools, equipment, and know-how or you can just simply have them cut off by a professional to avoid any injuries or damages to the property due to falling dead branches.
Step 6: Always clean your tools and equipment after each use and store them properly.
One of the keys to keeping a well-maintained garden is the proper tool and equipment care. You need to clean your tools and equipment after each use so that dirt, mud, and grime do not destroy them. Clean tools work effectively, are a lot easier to use, and last longer.
Preparing for springtime might seem like such a chore, especially, if you’re coming from a really snowy winter. But knowing what to do and how to do it right can help make things a lot easier for you as you beautify your home and increase your property’s curb appeal.
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