Yard work can be fun, but getting your yard and lawn ready for spring is a daunting task. Often times you look at your yard and don’t even know where to begin. Here are five tips to help you get started.
Take a Look Around and Tell Me What You See?
Before you get down and dirty and start puling weeds here and shoveling things there, assess what you are working with. What is the current condition? Look over your property for thrown branches, dead leaves and other debris and get rid of it. Looking at this will allow you to complete a thorough survey of your yard, see what grass is coming back and what isn’t, or if you will you need a professional to come out and clear out potentially dangerous tree limbs. After this, you are ready to create an action plan.
Time to Wake Up the Grass
Its time to bust out the rake and get going on all of the dried and dead grass hanging around that can be thick and deep. Though not a glamorous job, you need to inspect your yard for any fungus or mold growth, because this will hinder the grass regrowth process. Remember that just because the grass may be a bit brown, it doesn’t mean that the grass is dead. Be mindful that there are actually two types of grass: cool season grass, which is green up until early spring, and warm season grass, which greens up really slowly in spring.
Just Say No to Weeds
Time to nip the weeds and crabgrass in the bud before it gets out of control. For the most part, you want to get your weeds and crabgrass under control before the soil temperature hits around 55 degrees, because that is when it begins growing. Of course, nobody is going to be walking around measuring the soil’s temperature, so when you see blooming forsythia, that is a good indicator that the crabgrass is next. Once you put the crabgrass and weed control down in your yard, you will, typically, have to wait about eight weeks until you can put out the grass seed. This is another reason why you should get a head start on your yard this spring.
Trim the Trees (and Shrubs!)
Next up are the trees and the shrubs. Trim out the dead and get ready for life because a new growing season is upon us. You can usually handle shrubs on your own, but if the trees seem a bit too much, then hire a professional to do it. Having the most beautiful lawn on the block isn’t worth it if you’re stuck inside nursing an injury; safety should always come first.
Double Check Other Garden Items
Not only is winter hard on your grass, trees, flowers and shrubs, but it is also hard on your garden and yard irrigation system, patio furniture, garden lighting fixtures, etc. So just do a quick inspection and make sure that everything is in proper working condition and replace as needed.
These are just a few tips, but hopefully they will help you to get started on the right foot as you get ready to revive your yard this spring.