While winter lingers envisioning your spring yard of lush greenery might seem tough. The prep work you do now will ready your yard for spring and help it spring back to life. Follow these six steps to ready your lawn for spring as soon as the ground has completely thawed and dried out. A great deal of foot traffic on a damp or soggy yard can cause soil compaction and damage new grass shoots. The short wait for it to dry benefits your yard over the long term.
Assemble Your Equipment
Before you jump into the six prep steps, you need to assemble the right equipment. You’ll need a mower, rake, shovel, trowel, pruning shears and wheel barrow at a minimum. Check the mower to ensure it works properly. Give it a tune-up before using it. That includes replacing the spark plug, changing the oil, greasing the fittings, changing the air filter, cleaning the carburetor, cleaning, including scraping, the mowing deck’s underside and sharpening the blades. If you own a string trimmer, now is the time to tune it up, too. Also, stock up on cutting string.
Six Steps to A Stupendous Spring Lawn
- Rake the yard. To dispose of them, you’ll need to bag the leaves, needles and twigs separately from debris and trash that blew into the yard during winter. Clearing the yard of debris reduces pest attractions and hiding spots.
- Seed the yard. Concentrate larger levels of seed in barren or patchy areas. Seed by mixing compost or soil with the seed. That helps the seeds immediately obtain proper nutrients helping them grow faster. Till the ground with a rake so the seed can take, then evenly spread the seed.
- Water the lawn so it provides moisture to the plants and grass seed. Water long enough to saturate the plants’ roots throughout the yard. It’s better to water less frequently, but for a lengthier period. This encourages deep roots growth and that helps keep shrubs and trees well anchored in the ground, even in high winds.
- Mulch with high-quality mulch. Fertilize the plants and shrubs with a slow-release fertilizer before mulching. Also, apply a pre-emergent herbicide before mulching. While the fertilizer feeds your grass and grass seed what it needs to promote hearty growth, the herbicide stops the growth of items like crabgrass and weeds. This method provides the lawn proper nutrients before you cover the ground with mulch. Spread mulch around bushes, dormant flower beds, gardens and trees to promote growth and help it retain water and nutrients. Use a 20-5-10 fertilizer comprised of 20 percent nitrogen, 5 percent phosphate and 10 percent potassium.
- Mow the yard. You tuned-up your mower, now put it to work. Mow the yard in even rows. Note any areas with holes or new debris. You’ll give the seed a couple of weeks to take and begin its growth before you mow. This is just a trim of the grass. You’ll leave it about three or four inches high. To do this, use the highest setting provided for the mowing deck. That will typically trim the grass about 3 or 4 inches high.
- Prune the shrubs and trees. Cut off any damaged or dead branches. This stops the plant from distributing nutrients to damaged or dead areas. Prune any fruit trees before their blooming period. That results in improved fruit production. You’ll also need to prune shrubs and trees after they bloom and flower.
A tiny bit of prep work in late winter can produce a gorgeous lawn in spring. Follow these six steps for a lush, green lawn this spring.