After the long, cold winter, spring and its warmer temperatures are a welcome change. Spring is always a busy time of year for your lawn. It is important to properly care for your lawn at this time to encourage maximum root depth and volume to properly prepare the grass for the heat and drought of summer. You can achieve this by having healthy soil and employing the right watering, fertilizing and mowing techniques. The following is our handy spring lawn maintenance checklist to help you have a healthy and beautiful lawn all year long.
Follow Checklist to Have a Healthy and Beautiful Lawn
Inspect your shrubs and trees
Your spring spruce up should begin with thoroughly inspecting your yard. Search for damaged and broken branches and remove or prune them.
Test your soil
Your soil should be tested once every couple of years to ensure it has the correct mixture of nutrients and pH balance. Usually, your local agricultural extension office will test your soil, or you can ask a landscape professional to do it for you.
Fertilize your lawn
Whether or not your lawn needs to be fertilized will depend on what its nutrients requirements are based on the condition of the soil.
Have your soil tested to determine what its specific nutrient needs are. Make sure you select a fertilizer that matches the needs of your soil.
Be sure to fertilize your soil at the most optimum time of year for your specific variety of grass. Spring is not the best time to fertilize all grasses. There are some cool-season grass varieties that should be fertilized in the fall and some are best fertilized in June.
Usually, it is best to use a controlled-release or slow-release fertilizer in order to increase nutrient absorption and reduce potential environmental losses. Using organic material can help to improve your soil’s health. Always follow the instructions on the label and use the proper amount of fertilizer.
Spring is a great time to apply a pre-emergent weed control for crabgrass and other weeds.
Tidy up your planting beds. Rake out debris and old leaves from your plant beds and use an edging tool to make natural, neat edges around your beds.
Add an inch of fresh mulch around your trees and in the plant beds. The mulch should not touch the trunks of the trees and mulch should never be allowed to accumulate deeper than 3 inches. Mulch helps give your planting areas a neat appearance and also helps the soil retain moisture. It insulates roots during the winter and keeps them cool during the summer. As mulch decomposes, organic matter is added to the soil to improve its health.
Inspect your irrigation systems
After the weather has warmed up, you should turn your irrigation system on and inspect it to ensure that it is in good working condition. You can also have an irrigation or landscape company do this. Replace or repair any broken parts to ensure the system is working properly before the hot weather arrives.
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