It’s that time of year; the snow is melting away, the grass is beginning to poke through the white of winter, and spring is just around the corner. When it comes to preparing your lawn for several months of warmth, sunshine, rain and outdoor comfort, it’s a good idea to consider how to best bring out the maximum potential in your landscaping. Here are five key ways you can prepare for spring and all of the fun in the sun that is sure to follow!
As the snow disappears, you may notice signs of damage or changes to your lawn, fencing, deck or even foundations – it all depends on how your area was treated by mother nature this past winter. A good place to start is cleaning up your exterior property – discarding broken-off pieces of wood, chipped or cracked patio stones and clearing away fallen branches, for example. This essentially gives you a blank canvas, on which you can dream up and create a beautiful new yard this spring!
Inspect for Compacted Soil
After months of heavy snow, ice and moisture buildup as well as heavy traffic throughout the year otherwise, your lawn may start to show signs of wear and tear in the form of compacted soil. This can make it difficult for enough oxygen and water to penetrate the surface and keep grass healthy. Moss growth is a major indicator of this happening, and it’s a good idea to perform core aeration on your lawn as soon as the snow is essentially finished but before the soil temperature reaches 55-60 Fahrenheit.
Applying fertilizer to your lawn as spring sets in will help give your grass an extra boost to growth as the warmer weather settles in. It perks it up after a long, cold winter slumber with an injection of beneficial nutrients, helping to protect against heat stress and better resist droughts in later months such as during the summer.
Re-Seed Damaged Areas
If you notice that your lawn is showing rough or balding patches, it could be for a number of reasons, including damage from salt and snow plow vehicles. This is a good time to re-seed any turf that is looking a little worse for wear from the past few winter months, and it will be easier if you hold off on crabgrass control for as long as possible to maximize growth potential and a lush, healthy lawn. Otherwise, fall is also a good time of the year to perform turf repairs.
Work with a Professional Landscaper to Realize Your Vision
If you plan on making some big changes on your property this spring or summer and want the advice of an expert landscaping team on where to begin once the snow starts to melt, it can end up being a very beneficial decision. For example, at Hansen Lawn & Gardens Ltd we can help make sense of your lawn’s health and work with you to ensure it is vibrant, healthy and full this spring. Our team can carry out a wide range of proactive tasks to prepare your landscaping for spring showers and May flowers, including aeration, debris removal, repairs and much more, all built around your vision.
Having a healthy, happy lawn involves getting it prepared for spring, and doing so can make it a breeze to care for it later on in the year. Contact us today if you’d like assistance with making your dream lawn a reality this spring!