Here in the Midwest, winter still holds an icy grip. Many gardeners are longing for the warmth of spring and the joy of planting. But before the snow melts and your grass starts to green up, you should be prepared to get your lawn ready for spring. But where do you even begin? Luckily the experts at Turf Pro Outdoor Solutions have compiled a spring maintenance checklist for you.
Rake and Cleanup Your Yard
In order to get your lawn off to a good start, you need to clean all the leaves and debris off of it. A lot of junk can accumulate on your lawn over the winter. Leaving leaves on your grass too long can result in diseases like snow mold. Inspect your yard for gravel or salt that was kicked up by snowplows over the winter. Salt can kill your grass and cause trees and shrubs to decline.
Control Weeds Early
The secret to winning the war on weeds starts in early spring. This is the time when all the seeds deposited last fall are lying in wait for warm temperatures and the right amount of sunlight. Applying a coat of pre-emergent weed control before your grass begins to green up will decimate the weed population in your yard. This will go a long way towards achieving a weed-free lawn in the summer.
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas
You can dump tons of money into your backyard and landscape but you won’t be able to enjoy it if mosquitoes are constantly annoying you. Backyard get-togethers are a staple of Mid-western life and you shouldn’t let mosquitoes ruin it for you. You can reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard by removing all standing water. That means flower pots, children’s toys, old tires, animal waterers, and birdbaths. If you have a birdbath or pond, make sure to change the water regularly or add an agitator to keep the water in constant motion.
Clean Out the Gutters
You should check your gutters at least twice a year; once in the fall and again in the spring. This is the time when leaves and debris can clog your gutter and prevent it from doing its job. A clogged gutter can cause massive amounts of structural damage to your home including water damage to your roof and foundation cracks. If your gutters remain clogged into spring and summer, they could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The few minutes it takes to check on your gutters could save you thousands and thousands of dollars in repairs.
Aerate Your Lawn
Soil compaction is an issue that can lead to a plethora of problems for your lawn. When your soil is compacted, it prevents water and air from getting to the roots. This can lead to your grass exhibiting signs of drought stress even when you water it regularly. Other symptoms of compacted soil are pooling water, spongy grass, and impenetrable soil. Aeration is a process that loosens your soil by pulling tiny plugs of sod from your law. This allows for air and water to flow back into the roots resulting in rapid results.
Get The Best Lawncare In Louisville
It won’t be long now before you have to start thinking about lawn care and all the work that goes with it. Why not take a break this year. You deserve to put your feet up and have professionals at Turf Pro Outdoor Solutions take care of your yard for you. Sign up for our 2021 season to get a head start.
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