With spring finally upon us in Northeast Ohio, now is the time to start enjoying the outdoors again. That means you need to get your outdoor spaces in shape. While there are plenty of obvious things to do, other items you might not think about could make a big impact on your yard’s health and appearance.
Your lawn especially needs attention in the spring, if you want it to be vibrantly green later. Follow these tips for a healthy, strong lawn that will look amazing all the way into fall.
Clean Everything Up
During the winter, your yard can start to look like a real wreck. You don’t see it, because a nice blanket of snow covers everything up. Once the weather warms up, you start to notice leaves, tree branches, and other debris scattered around. Put on your heavy work gloves, grab a rake and some trash bags, then remove all the unsightly garbage before doing anything else.
Trim Dead Wood
Check over your trees and shrubs for any dead growth. If you don’t see buds or signs of life on a branch, you can always scrape off a small section of bark to look for green below, indicating it’s still alive. Now is a great time to trim back undesirable growth on trees and shrubs, before insects become too active and the daytime heat is intense. If you’re dealing with a flowering shrub, wait until after the plant flowers to trim anything.
Mend What’s Broken
With the winter snow receded, you might discover raised flower beds, planters, pots, etc. are broken. If you can fix items by driving some nails into boards, for example, now’s the time to do just that. This is also a good time to build borders around your beds and install any other structures. If you’re establishing a new bed, till the ground to soften it up in preparation for planting.
Rake Your Lawn
With the debris off your lawn, it’s time to thin out the thatch. The layer of grass debris, like stalks and roots, can be a barrier between the soil and nutrients as well as water. In other words, you need to thin out thatch so your grass keeps growing properly and maintains its health.
You’ll need to remove dead leaves and other debris from your flower beds, but the work doesn’t stop there. Use scissors to trim off dead stalks on perennials and ornamental grasses, which maybe you missed in the late fall. Next, you want to dig out weeds and any plants that didn’t make it through the winter. Spread compost around the living plants and anywhere you want to put something new. This will ensure the soil stays rich and vibrant.
When putting new plants in your yard, timing is everything. If it’s still early spring, you want to stick with trees, shrubs, and perennials that are particularly tough. Temperatures can dip pretty low at times, so you want to avoid planting anything that can’t handle those conditions. Once the last frost date has passed, you’re free to plant whatever you like.
Apply a Pre-Emergent
Instead of waiting until you have a problem with weeds in your lawn, use a quality pre-emergent to control crabgrass, dandelions, and more. You should also fertilize the lawn, whether you use compost or something else.
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