Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Finally, the daffodils and tulips are blooming and you are thinking of selling your home. However, your yard is looking a little rough due to the harsh weather and shovels/plows.... (side note: my yard has most of the gravel driveway on it from the plowing. Boy, does it need some TLC!)
It is time to give your lawn some attention before the summer months kick in. Here are a few tips to turn your yard into a beautiful lush oasis and not the mess it may be at this time.
Get out and rake to remove any dead grass, old Fall leaves, or winter debris. Make sure you invest in a rake that will remove the larger items. Raking will expose any patches that may need attention and helps to prepare the soil for reseeding.
Have you ever seen the small uniform holes throughout a yard and wonder what the purpose for them were? Those plugs come from an aerator that has metal tines to pull out the soil in order for more soil drainage. This helps increase the movement of water and allow nutrients to enter the ground easier. If your lawn spent the winter packed with snow, this is a great way to alleviate piles of soil and promote new growth. If you don't have an aerating tool, you could get a handheld tool for a smaller yard or even rent an aerating machine for the larger yards.
Now that you have raked and aerated, you are ready to reseed. Reseed in the Spring while there is more rain and warmer days.
Keep your soil damp while waiting for the reseeded areas to grow. While reseeding during the rainy season is ideal, don't throw down the seeds before a major storm. You don't want all your hard work to be washed away.
Make sure your lawn mower is serviced and in good shape. You can sharpen the blade at a local hardware store so you know it is done safely and properly. With all the rain we have been getting your lawn is probably at the height for a mow. A good rule of thumb is 3 inches.
Now is the time to get your lawn ready for the summer! Whether you are selling your home or buying a home, beautiful yards add that extra touch to the curb appeal and welcomes you home!