Spring and summer bring with them warm temperatures that draw you outside into your yard as you entertain, barbecue, or just relax on your patio as you watch the kid run around in the grass. One thing all of these activities have in common is your yard. That is why you want to create a yard that can stand up to all your summer celebrations. Lawn care experts offer the following tips to help you keep your yard party ready:
Soggy spring grass has young grass seedlings struggling to survive in the saturated soil. Let the ground dry out and completely thaw before your urge to work in the yard takes over. As the ground dries and hardens, the new grasses are stable and able to be walked on.
Spring also breeds insects and creepy crawlies. During the winter, leaves fall, limbs drop, and bushes scatter their debris. As temperatures warm, the piles of debris allow pests to breed on your lawn, and once they are there, the pests are much more difficult to get rid of. By removing groundcover, raking leaves and thatch, and eliminating piles of scattered yard debris, you can save yourself, and your lawn, from those pesky pests. Spring lawn care is essential for a healthy yard.
Lawns grow quickly in the summer heat; so many homeowners decide to cut their grasses shorter to lengthen the time between cuttings. Although in theory, this sounds like a brilliant plan; the truth is that short grass burns more quickly in the hot sun and dry, brown patches can show up in your lawn. Leave that extra ½ inch of grass and save yourself some trouble.
Summer is also the time for aeration, the punching of holes into the ground to allow for water and oxygen to more easily get to the grass roots. Your grass may look thin, but the dead roots of last year’s grass are probably still there and causing congestion in the new lawn’s ability to get nutrients and water. Lawn care professionals can help with this service.