Lawn care is a growing concern for many homeowners. They want to keep their lawns to look nice and free of debris and clutter. A well-kept lawn is also a great source of pride.
Taking care of your lawn is also very beneficial for the environment. It helps to improve overall air quality, reduce soil erosion, produce necessary oxygen and can also serve as a poison filter for many potentially harmful substances.
There are many ways to properly care for your lawn. You can do all of the work yourself, or you can hire lawn care services to do the job for you. A quick online search can reveal several lawn and garden companies in your area. Take some time to read reviews, ask questions and get a free quote in most instances.
Now that it’s finally spring, it’s time to start thinking about getting your lawn ready for the long spring, summer and fall months. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:
1. Get rid of any debris. Once the snow has fully melted from your lawn, remove any leaves, grass or other debris. Any plant stems or roots or tangled grass that are left over can prevent your lawn from getting the essential nutrients it needs. Mow your grass about an inch shorter than you normally would to remove this any excess debris that you haven’t already raked out or removed by hand.
2. Test your lawn’s PH levels. The next step is to examine your lawn’s current pH levels. There are many different kits that you can buy. If the pH levels are too high, add sulfur or ammonium sulfate to bring those levels up to acceptable limits. If the pH levels are too low, add some lime to your lawn. If you’re unsure what amounts to add for either extreme, consult your lawn and garden professional for advice.
3. Control those pesky weeds. Take a proactive stance by using products that are effective against pre-emergent weeds. There are a wide variety of products to choose from based on your own individual needs. Make sure to re-apply these solutions every 2-3 months to prevent weeds from forming.
4. Address any problem areas. If you have patchy areas of your lawn, you can either wait for them to fill in naturally or try to over-seed them. This can take another month or two. It can take even longer if you’ve recently applied any weed control products to that area.
5. Practice pest control. Insects are a common nuisance for many homeowners. Using pesticides on a regular schedule and watering frequently are good ways to reduce their appearances. Stay vigilant, especially if you are concerned about bugs that continue to harm your lawn and plants.
From there, you can begin a regular watering and mowing schedule. You may want to also consider aerating your lawn in mid-summer and mid-fall. This helps to bring nutrients and oxygen to the grass roots. You may have to alter your schedule depending on the weather, but be consistent. A healthy lawn is an attractive lawn. It’s a centerpiece of your property, and it should be well-maintained for as long as possible. Taking care of your lawn gives you less to worry about. You can go on making valuable memories with those who matter most to you.