By Nathan Cook
As winter begins to dissipate, you need to start thinking about how you can get your lawn ready for spring. The problem is, if you are like most people, you may not know how to get started. With the five tips here, you will be well on your way to preparing your outdoor space for spring.
During the fall and winter, your lawn is exposed to the elements. What’s left behind by storms can be quite a mess. The first step is to clear away debris from your lawn. This includes leaves, broken branches and more. It is essential that you begin these chores right away since your spring plants and bulbs are going to begin sprouting soon. The sooner you clean out your beds and clean up your lawn, the sooner you can enjoy the beauty spring brings.
Use the same cleanup method for your bushes and trees. In addition to cleaning up, you should trim away any dead or broken branches.
Get Your Garden Tools Ready
Make sure to pull out your tools that have been stashed away in the shed all winter. It is almost time to use them again, and you need to make sure they can handle the job. Clean the tools with water, soap and mineral spirits for wooden handles. If you don’t have garden tools, or just don’t care for doing this work yourself, then it may be best to hire a professional landscape service.
Give TLC to Your Soil
You need to make sure the soil is ready for planting. The first step is to use a pitchfork to turn the soil over and then rake it out. Remove any weeds that may have sprouted. If you have a compost bin, add a fresh layer of compost or get some from the store. If you are planning on planting anything in your garden beds, you need to add a few more layers in the weeks to come.
Use Grass Seed for Bald Patches in Your Yard
The spring is the ideal time to plant grass seeds. Even if it is still a little cool outside, the grass seed will survive. When using grass seed, make sure to water the ground first. Once it is wet, sprinkle some of the grass seeds into the bald patch. Once the grass seeds are applied, add some straw over them.
Adjust Bricks, Rocks and Other Objects
During the winter months, rocks, timbers, and bricks used for landscaping have a tendency to slip slightly. Take some time to adjust these, so all your beds are properly defined. This will make it easier to mow when the grass begins to grow, as well.
Install or Inspect Your Sprinkler System
Keeping your lawn healthy and green throughout the summer month’s means you have to water regularly. One of the best ways to do this is with a sprinkler system. If you don’t have one in place, consider having one installed by a Kansas City lawn sprinkler service company. As the weather continues to get warm, landscape companies are going to become much busier. If you call now, you can have the system installed before it is time to use it.
If you currently have a sprinkler system in place, make sure to have it inspected before you turn it on for the first time this season. Letting a professional check all the components and parts will ensure it is ready to go when it is time to water daily.
As you can see, there is quite a bit to do in preparation for the warmer months of the year. The tips here should help to get you started. If you don’t have the time, or ability, to handle the lawn maintenance on your own, then consider hiring a professional. The IDL Company can help take care of your lawn now, and throughout the year.
About the Author
Nathan Cook started IDL Company in 1999. IDL started out as an all-in-one landscape company, but found that trying to do everything left us with not being the best in any one area. In order to be the best, we had to eliminate the areas of our company that we did not have a passion or knack for. Now, we are pursuing the three areas where we shine! IDL Company focuses on irrigation system installation, service and repair, and also offers landscaping lighting and yard drainage services. Visit the company on IDL’s Facebook page and on Twitter @IDLCompany2001