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Spring Lawn Maintenance

Posted by Molly Gilbert on March 27, 2017
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Spring has sprung! Now is the time for all good men to come to aid of their lawns! A few simple steps for spring lawn maintenance early in the season can make for a beautiful yard through the year. The benefits of a nicely manicured lawn are manifold: it’s nice to look at, the neighbors will all envy you, and when the time comes for you to sell your home, you’ll already have strong curb appeal. Maintaining your yard will make it that much easier for Wood Realtors to find a buyer for you.

Follow these simple tips to get the best looking lawn on the block.

Rake It

Although we typically associate raking with fall, you need to rake in the early spring as well. You’ll clear up any debris from the winter, like the last few leaves that just wouldn’t drop in November. Raking will also help to loosen up any matted grass left from last summer. After you rake, spread some compost to add natural nutrients to the soil.

Level It

Look for any low spots in your yard. Level them out with some topsoil, then sow grass. Be sure to use the same grass already growing in your lawn.

Re-Seed

While you’re seeding any leveled out spots, look for bare patches. After the hot dry summer in Knoxville in 2016, you might have quite a few parched spots. Give any areas with dead grass another vigorous pass with a rake, then re-seed.

Aerate

It’s important for your ground to get some air. Use either a mechanical aerator rented from your local hardware store or a product designed specifically for the task. Ask your garden center which option would be the best for your yard.

Don’t Fertilize

You might be tempted to lay down some chemical fertilizer to jump start the grass. Don’t do it. Spreading a little compost will give the ground what it needs for now. Save the serious fertilizer until after you mow.

Apply Pre-emergent

Although you don’t want to fertilize just yet, you do want to apply a pre-emergent herbicide. The best way to deal with weeds is to stop them before they grow. Once they put down roots, they’re a lot harder to eliminate.

Prune and Trim

Look for dead or damaged limbs. Prune carefully, maintaining a pleasing shape to the tree or shrub. Ornamental grasses should be cut back to 2”-3” to give the new shoots some room to grow.

Weed the Beds

Take care of the flower beds, too. Weed any unwanted plants that have popped up. Hardy weeds are often among the first plants to make an appearance and can go to seed before you even know that they’re around. Also clear out any debris like leaves and limbs.

Start a Compost Pile

If you haven’t already built a compost pile, now is the perfect time to do so. Toss all the debris, small limbs, clippings, etc. into a pile in an inconspicuous spot in the back yard. Maintain it through the season and you’ll have plenty of rich compost to spread next spring.

Mulch

Apply mulch around the bases of trees and bushes, to a depth of 2”-3”. Effective mulching can curb weed growth, retain moisture, and add nutrients to your plants. Be careful not to pile the mulch directly against the trunk or stems of the plants. That can damage the trunk and can introduce disease and fungal infections.

Prep Your Equipment

If your tools are in order, you’ll have an easier time maintaining all the aspects of your lawn. Repair any tools that need it. Replace anything beyond repair. Sharpen blades on mowers, shears, loppers, and shovels. Perform any engine maintenance on power equipment.

Enjoy Your Yard

Proper yard maintenance will, in the long run, allow much more time for you to spend enjoying your outdoor living space. Regular care will mean a lot less effort when you’re preparing to sell your home.

Remember, if you’re looking for a house with a better yard, Wood Realtors can help you.

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