Spring Landscaping Tips: Three Ways to Prepare Your Lawn

Spring Landscaping Tips: Three Ways to Prepare Your Lawn

It might as well be spring already this year and there are plenty of things you can do to prepare early for a beautiful outdoor space. The three steps below will have a drab, post-winter lawn glowing green in no time:

1. Check Your Tools

You’ll need to start checking, maintaining and repairing your tools for a smooth spring and summer experience, plus you’ll save time and effort by getting them ready while the ground is waking up. Here are a few questions to get you started:

  • Is your lawnmower in good repair?
  • Are the blades sharp?
  • Do you have a dethatching rake?
  • How about weeding and pruning tools?
  • Is your sprinkler system still working properly?
  • Does your edger need string?

Purchase the things you’ll need now, including fertilizer, weed killer, and grass seed. You don’t want to finally reach a sunny Saturday and decide to get to work, only to realize you’re missing the things you need—then get have it start raining while you’re driving back from the store or find out they are out of what you need.

2. Kill Weeds Weeks Before Planting Grass

Many lawn pesticides work by preventing anything new from growing. This can be problematic if you wait until you want to plant new grass, because you will find yourself weeks behind as you wait for the pesticide to wear off. If you chose to go with this solution, start as soon as your lawn becomes bare of snow so that you can sew new seeds as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether or not you kill weeds chemically or by hand, take some time to go about weeding. Uproot any and all weeds you find on your lawn, whether they’re leftover stalks from last year or brand-new shoots. Plan to sew new grass in the empty spot left by the weeds removal.

3. Great Dirt Preparation Means Beautiful Lawns

Thatch is meant for cottage roofs, not lawns. Old roots and dead plants that form a layer over your grass may seem like a good, natural fertilizer, but it both looks ugly and can actually pose a threat to your grass, making it impossible for water to reach roots and blocking the fertilizers you intentionally put down from penetrating the soil. If you have a buildup of thatch, use a dethatching rake to pull it up.

Similar to thatch, hard dirt can make it difficult for your grass to get the essential nutrients and water it needs. If the earth on your lawn has become compacted over the winter months or gets a lot of foot traffic, use an aerator to pull out plugs and loosen the dirt.

Tips & Tricks

Finally, it can be a good idea to dress the lawn with peat moss. This is hugely beneficial to grass and can mean you’ll have less aerating, dethatching and weeding to do later on.

Taking advantage of these tips will give you a greener, healthier lawn than your neighbors who decided to wait for warmer days. It may mean some old-fashioned hard work, but you’ll be glad you took the time to do it.

As always, Greencare Landscape Management is here to help when a project gets ahead of you or the tasks at hand suddenly seem too overwhelming.  Don’t let your property value suffer from busy schedules or binding commitments. Please feel free to write to us at info@gclandscape.com or call us at 207-699-4240 with any questions, concerns or ideas you have about your green space this spring season.