Weed early and often
Dandelions, crabgrass and closer are weeds and simply put – you don’t want them in your yard. Weed pulling is something none of us enjoy, so it’s important to get on the ball early in the season to get out ahead and give your yard the best possible shot at bouncing back strong. One of the ways you can do this is by applying pre-emergent herbicide that will prevent weed seeds from germinating. We recommend that you wait until your soil temperature has reached about 55 degrees Fahrenheit – as it’s a big indication that weeds and plants alike will start growing soon.
Aerating your lawn
In the winter your soil freezes, but more importantly – it becomes more compact. Aerating loosens up your soil and makes it easier for more oxygen, water and nutrients to get into your soil. It’s a fairly basic maintenance method as you’ll only need to do it once a year and it pays huge dividends in terms of the overall health of your yard.
Thatch is simply the layer of dead grass that builds up on your lawn that lingers right towards to the top of the soil. When there are limited amounts of thatch, it can be highly beneficial for your lawn in that it acts more as a form of mulch. When there’s too much of it, water can get backed up and saturate the area and the added moisture can cause fungus and prevent air from reaching your grass. For smaller amounts we recommend a simple convex rake, but for bigger jobs – a power rake (or vertical cutter) should be used.
Pruning is vital towards bringing your trees and shrubs back and keeping them healthy. Doing so will produce healthier leaves, plants, flowers and fruits. Pruning is a relatively broad topic, so be sure to read up depending on what your yard’s needs are.
Mulching helps in a wide range of ways, but in terms of seasonal transition – its best function is regulating the temperature fluctuations. It’ll stave off heat damage, slows down evaporation and will prevent weeds from sprouting up. How and what you use is up to you, but we’d advise consulting with a professional to find the best possible fit.
Transitioning your yard from the winter to spring is no small task, but doing so properly can make a huge difference in the health of your lawn. We can help. Give us a call if you simply want some advice or if you want us to help with all the heavy lifting.