Hello Spring! Is Your Yard Ready?
Spring is coming and your yard is coming out of hibernation. It is time to start getting your yard and garden in tip-top shape for the months to come. Preparing your lawn and garden beds now, can cut down extra time and money you would have to spend by fixing an issue before it becomes a problem. If you feel overwhelmed with your yard maintenance, contact a lawn care and maintenance service company that can do it for you. In the article, "Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Spring" Roy Berendsohn gives advice on where to start working in your yard.
There are two problem seasons for many homeowners: fall and spring. Of the two, I think spring is the tougher challenge, frankly. [...] The easiest way to jump-start spring is to first spruce up the flower beds and put down some cold-weather-tolerant flowers. Pansies are a good choice almost anywhere in the United States.Once the gardenbeds are tidy, it is time to work on the lawn. You may think you should only rake in the fall, but in the article "Preparing Lawn for Spring" they suggest raking in the spring too.
Rake out areas of thatch — dried, dead grass that can be thick and deep. If you don’t, thatch will keep oxygen and sunlight from other plants and grass. Check for fungus and mold growth. Don’t worry if you run across “snow mold” — a pinkish or gray web over matted blades of grass, or possibly just a slimy brown mess. Despite its name, it’s rarely serious. Gently rake it out and it will dry.After your lawn has been raked, weeds need to be addressed. The sooner weeds are dealt with the better. Let your yard be the envy of the neighborhood by applying proper herbicides. In the article, "Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Spring" David Beaulieu goes into greater detail.
For those who prefer weed-free lawns, spring grass care is as much about weed prevention as it is about fostering healthy lawn growth. Novices are often surprised to learn that not all lawn weeds are battled in the same manner. Depending upon whether a weed is an annual or perennial, you will use a preemergent herbicide or a post-emergent herbicide against it (although landscapers commonly use both preemergent and post-emergent crabgrass killers -- an indication of how tough that weed is to battle).If you aren't sure what herbicides and specific treatments your yard needs to thrive, contact a local garden center or have a professional lawn care and maintenance service company do it for you. Now you are ready to have the best-looking yard on the block.
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