It may not feel like it right now, but spring is coming. Before you know it, the weather will be gorgeous, you’ll spend more time outdoors, and green will begin to replace the dead vegetation in your yard. Before the spring weather shows up, we’ve put together a list of ways you can get your yard gorgeous and ready to host the neighborhood Easter egg hunt in a few weeks.
- Give your lawn equipment a checkup. You probably haven’t cranked the engine on your old mower since the fall. Test it out to ensure it’s ready for the first mow of the season. Check and change the oil, fill up the gas tank, take it for a test run, and replace any damaged or dull blades. You can also check out your weed-whacker. Start it up for a trial run before the grass and weeds start growing. While you’re at it, replace any old line for clean trim when the time comes.
- Go on a weed killing mission. Your yard can get overtaken by weeds before you know it. Start now by using a pre-emergent herbicide to kill off anything unwanted. Then check for areas that have lost their grass. Replace the grass in these areas with seed or some sod. Bald spots in your lawn will attract weeds like a magnet.
- What are we working with? Take a good look at your lawn. If your lawn is beyond repair from a few previous seasons of neglect (it happens to the best of us) then you can start from scratch. You’ll want to remove any old grass. You can either remove the grass with a sod cutter or by using a chemical herbicide, depending on the type of grass you have in your yard. Then you can replace the grass with sod or seed. Don’t forget to maintain the new grass and encourage its growth. Regular watering and fertilization will go a long way to help your new grass to thrive.
- Set up a yard beauty regimen. Once you’ve installed or planted the perfect lush lawn, you’ve got to care for that beautiful yard. Fertilize regularly, keep an eye on irrigation levels and water when necessary. Then plan to cut it often to keep it looking fresh all season long. Set calendar or alarm alerts for yourself to establish good habits. You’ll be able to keep track of things like your fertilization schedule and remind yourself of upcoming yard to-do’s.
A bit of upkeep and yard planning will go a long way in maintaining the lawn that will make your neighbors jealous and yourself proud. Get started now to get a jump on spring yard maintenance. You’ll be glad you did.