Spring Lawn and Yard Care Guide
During the winter months’ yards and lawns, even those in our southern climate, are subjected to colder weather and become dormant. Now that spring time is back and it is time for lawns to start waking up and growing again. As both temperature and precipitation rise during the spring months, grass growth will accelerate. A very valuable first step in starting your lawn out right is to rake, in order to get rid of unwanted weeds and debris. Once raking is completed you can reseed the lawn in areas that there is not much grass. Normally, you seed new grass in the fall but it is alright to over—seed existing lawns in the spring. You would want to do this in time to permit seedlings to mature before the onset of the summer heat. Over- seeding can thicken lawns and make them more attractive.
After seeding the lawn fertilizing is recommended. Warm season grasses need a fresh application of fertilizer during the spring because they begin to soak up the nutrients as soon as the weather gets warmer. Spread the fertilizer evenly using either a hand held spreader for small areas, or a broadcast spreader for larger areas. An initial application of a fertilizer with weed preventers is a recommended option for lawns where weeds have been an issue in the past. Water the yard frequently after fertilizing, if there is no natural precipitation.
If you have a problem with unwanted pests and bugs in your lawn or yard you can use a variety of different chemical products to get rid of them. A number of environmentally friendlier options are now available.
An initial raking of planting beds is also recommended. Trimming any broken or dead branches on shrubs will enhance their appearance as new growth starts. For preventing future weeds in planting beds, use weed block fabric and several inches of mulch. If any weeds grow later in the season, you can easily dig them up or you can use a variety of available weed killers to eliminate them. Shrubs will require trimming at different times during the growing season. Consult gardening books or do an online search to determine what needs to be trimmed when.
After performing the initial spring maintenance to your yard, regular care is needed. Mow and edge grass regularly . Current standards recommend the grass being 2-3.75 inches in height after cutting. Take care to not cut the grass too short, as hotter temperatures into the summer will burn it out. Weed and trim shrubs on regular basis as well and your yard will look great the entire growing season.
At Town Hardware we carry everything for your lawn care needs. From sprinklers and hoses, to trimmers and mowers, to fertilizer and grass seed, to weed killers and pesticides, to a variety of hand and power tools, we have it all. Come by the store today!
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