Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Winter is now just a memory and your yard is now turning green. We live in an area with 4 seasons and that can take its toll on your yard, especially if you’re not taking care of it. Spring is in full swing and summer will be here soon. Now is the time to give your lawn a little TLC and your grass will be green before you know it, and the envy of the neighborhood and wow your future buyers.
Here are a few tips on what to do now to have an easy to care for lawn all summer long.
Rake to remove any dead grass leaves, pine needles, or other winter debris. Pick up and remove larger debris like sticks and piles of leaves. Raking will expose any bare patches that need attention and you can repair those spots.
Aerator your lawn which promotes soil drainage. This helps to increase the movement of water and allow for oxygen and nutrients to enter the ground easier. If your lawn sees a great deal of traffic or it spent the winter packed with snow, this is especially important to help alleviate soil compaction and promote new growth. If you don’t have an aerating tool, you could purchase a handheld tool for small yards or rent an aerating machine for large lawns or hire a service to come out and do that job for you.
Once you’ve seen what areas of your lawn need a little extra love, you’re ready to reseed. Take advantage of the spring weather, especially if you are in an area with frequent rain, and reseed during the warming days and rainy season.
The goal is to keep your soil damp while waiting for those reseeded areas to grow. While reseeding during rainy seasons can be beneficial, be sure not to reseed before a major storm so that all of your hard work isn’t washed away.
Mow that new growth. Make sure your lawn mower is in good shape. You can get your blade sharpened at local hardware stores to ensure it is done properly and safely. Once your lawn reaches about 3 inches, it is time for the first spring cut.
Edging along walkways. You can get an edger, or use a manual one to clear overgrowth on the concrete. Put the clumps in your compost bin or green recycling bin. Once you have cleared a nice edge along the sidewalks, driveway and walkways mowing will be so much easier and you will have a nice clean edge along your grass.
Weed and feed your lawn, this is such an easy process to do with either a handheld spreader or one you can push around that distributes the granules on the grass. It will eliminate weeds, and feed your lawn with appropriate nutrients to keep it green and growing all summer long.
Now that you have revived your lawn, prepped it for the year and made it easier to maintain, ENJOY it. Walk on it, play on it and spend your days taking in the beauty of your yard while it helps to sell your home.
I am available to help you with more tips on getting your home ready to sell, just let me know!