7 Lawn Care Tips For Spring
Springtime is here! It’s time to drag out the old tools and get your home looking great. A nicely cared for lawn is a beautiful thing to have and is a point of pride for many homeowners. However, it is also a major task. To help you keep on top of things, we have compiled seven of our best tips for keeping your lawn looking its best all summer long.
You can view our video guide or our written guide below:
Give Your Yard a Cleanup
Before revving up the old mower, it’s important to make sure your lawn is free from anything that could damage it. Take a walk around and tidy up all the debris that’s been leftover from fall and winter. This includes raking up all the fallen leaves and dead grass, as well as removing any other debris that may have accumulated over the last few months.
Step Up Your Mowing Game
Your Lawn Mower will likely have been sitting in your shed or garage all winter, so it’s important to make sure to give it a tune-up and sharpen the blades. This is also an opportunity to check out all its various components and see if anything needs to be replaced, and also to give it some fresh fuel.
When you’re sure your machine is good to go, try setting the blades lower than usual the first time around. Cutting the grass shorter will help water, sun, and nutrients get to the base of the grass and encourage a healthier lawn. After a few weeks, raise it up to your normal height. We recommend not trimming more than 1/3rd of your grasses length at a single time.
Quick tip: Avoid mowing in the morning or afternoon. Mowing in the evening when the grass is dry and the sun is weaker will make the process much easier.
Water Your Lawn Consistently
The general rule of thumb is that your lawn needs water 3 times per week. Of course, this may depend on your grass type and location, but three times a week is a good general rule. We recommend watering in the morning when the sun isn’t so hot, so the water has time to soak in before evaporating, and the grass won’t stay wet overnight which can cause fungus growth.
Aerate Your Lawn
Over time, soil can become compact which makes it difficult for nutrients to reach the roots of your plants. Aerate your lawn once a year to keep the soil a bit loose so it can properly absorb water, and transfer nutrients.
Seed Your Lawn
Even if you’re not renovating your backyard, it’s a good idea to seed your lawn. Concentrate on the bare areas, and fill them in to create a more even growth pattern.
After aerating and seeding your lawn, throw down some good fertilizer. If you do this in the spring, by the time you reach the summer your lawn will be looking fresh and beautiful.
Weeds can be a real pain, so get rid of them before they start taking up too much space. Take some time to walk the length of your lawn, and remove any weeds that pop up. You want to remove the whole plant if possible, which can be done by hand or by using various weed removal tools (weed pullers or “weeders”). These little plants grow FAST and spread quickly, so make sure to follow this step as frequently as possible to prevent any sudden outbreaks of weeds.
With just a little know-how, you can turn that brown patchy piece of land around your house into a healthy bright green lawn that you can be proud of. If your mower is in need of repairs, make sure to check out our wide range of lawn mower parts!