fbpx

Spring into Lawn and Garden Care - - Archived

If cooler weather has you longing for sunny days outdoors, take heart. Once spring rolls around, you can safely begin the annual cleanup to prepare your yard for months of warm-weather enjoyment.

Start by evaluating your lawn. Look for bald spots where grass has grown sparsely and needs reseeding, or uneven areas that may need to be filled and leveled.

Before you take steps to correct any problems, you’ll need a clean slate. Clear the yard of any leaves, rocks or sticks that may have accumulated then cut the grass as short as you can. Use a thatching rake to remove dead roots and grass. Break up the soil in bare spots to create an environment that will be hospitable to new seed. Add lawn soil to level the surface.

You’ll also need to apply an herbicide to treat weed-infested areas. Allow the weed killer to work for about a week then rake again to remove dead weeds.

Then you’re ready to over-seed or spot seed, depending on your lawn’s needs. Your climate will determine the best grass variety for your yard. Be sure to select and apply a fertilizer that is consistent with your grass type and water thoroughly to promote deep root growth, which can help your lawn withstand extreme conditions as temperatures rise.

Your lawn isn’t the only part of your yard that needs attention during the spring months, though. Your garden and flower beds may need some care before they, too, are ready to burst with new bounty and color.

Begin by clearing your garden and beds of any debris like leaves and other matter that piled up during months of neglect. Gently turn the soil and work in fresh fertilizer.

Before your plants and flowers are in full-growth mode is the ideal time to make repairs. Check edging for any damage, replace rotted woodwork and complete any other maintenance tasks.

As for the plants, prune before the first buds sprout to minimize stress. You can also start indoor seeds, and early spring is the time to divide perennials and plant some hardier vegetables, such as onions and potatoes.

The warmer months may still seem far away, but getting some of your lawn and garden care underway now can make those warmer, sunny days feel closer in no time. Find more seasonal tips for prepping your yard at eLivingToday.com.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images
#13139
Source: eLivingToday.com

You May Also Like

The BEST Buttercream Frosting

By Kristine Ackerman   Photography By Christopher Nastri 1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks), almost ...

Create a Smarter Closet Experience

BY PAMELA HAMMONDS   Organizing professionals have long dispensed advice on how to control ...

Low to No Downtime Aesthetic Treatments

Magic in Moments – Low to No Downtime Aesthetic Treatments

Low to No Downtime Aesthetic Treatments By Annette Brooks Not so long ago the ...

Dr. da Vinci

Robotic tech making surgeons more than merely human 100 years ago, surgeons still performed ...

Throw a Christmas Cookie Party

The next best thing to baking cookies for many home chefs is baking cookies ...

Tex-Active!

Texas adventures for active families and outdoor enthusiasts