I know you don't want to think about it yet but, spring will be here before you know it and all the work that comes with it. Getting back to work in your yard can be overwhelming. Where do you even start?
Here are a few tips to give you a headstart on your lawn care schedule.
First Things First, Rake That Yard
The first task that needs to be done is to get everything off your yard. Before you do anything else you need to rake up any leaves that you missed (or just didn’t feel like raking) in the fall. Anything sitting on your grass can be a breeding ground for diseases such as snow mold or home to overwintering pests. If you have a gravel driveway look out for piles of gravel pushed up by the snow plow. Rake it back into your driveway before your lawn mower finds it.
Clean Out the Gutters
Fall is when gutters get clogged the most. Especially if you live in a wooded area or have a lot of deciduous trees in your yard. Leaves can quickly clog the small drains in your gutters which can retain water. When that water freezes the weight can rip the gutters right off your house. In the spring and summer, it becomes breeding grounds for mosquitos. So get up there and clean those gutters out!
Bring Your Irrigation System Online
If you have an irrigation system then I hope you properly winterized it last fall. If not then you should be reading something else. To turn on your sprinkler system just turn on the main valve, check for leaks, and then one-by-one turn on the individual sprinkler valves. If you aren’t sure what you are doing call a professional.
Reduce, Reuse, Compost
If you have a compost bin or pile then spring is a great time to add to it. All those leaves, twigs, and gutter leaves make excellent compost that can be used in flower beds, around trees, or in your garden.
Seed Bald Spots
Ok, you’ve gotten your yard raked. Now you can assess the damage that winter has done to your yard. Under those piles of leaves and gravel, there may be dead spots. Don’t worry, it can be fixed. Rake the area and let it dry out before adding a layer of compost. Finally, cover the area with seed. The patch should disappear in no time.