The last thing you may be thinking of right now is the warm weather of spring, but proper planning is everything if you want your lawn to look its best through the following summer. When it comes to spring lawn care, you want someone on your side who has been in the business for many years and has experience serving the residents of Chattanooga, Huntsville and all of northeast Alabama. That company is Twelve Oaks Landscape. It’s never too soon to start planning for spring lawn care, so check out these tips for guaranteeing a beautiful yard. This way, you can hit the ground running once the first bird chirps.
Overseeding is an important component of regular landscape maintenance. Although nothing new in the world of landscaping, it’s considered to be the main step taken to boost the quality of your lawn over any other landscape job you can do. Overseeding basically involves spreading seed over an existing lawn, but it’s not for every type of grass. According to the Lawn Care Academy, overseeding is best for the following cool season bunch type grasses:
- Tall fescue
- Fine fescue
- Perennial and annual ryegrass
Most warm season grass varieties don’t need to be overseeded unless damaged or diseased.
After the ravages of winter, you’ll need to clean up the mess. If you leave all the leaves, debris and dead grass alone, it will prevent the germination of new grass seed, plus it will promote fungus growth and pest infestation, says Bob Vila. Using either a regular lawn rake or a de-thatching rake, get all the dead grass and lawn clippings you can to properly prepare your lawn. You’ll also want to walk around your property with some pruning shears to get rid of dead plants or prune back bushes.
The right soil is key to growing a thick carpet of grass. How do you know if your soil is good? Purchase a soil test kit (you can pick one up for about $10) or send out a sample to a local lab such as the Auburn Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. You want a solid balance between acidity and alkalinity. Too much one way or the other will pose a problem for your lawn. You’ll have to then take steps to raise or lower the pH of your soil.
When grass becomes compacted, especially in high-traffic areas, grass roots aren’t allowed to thrive. This is why you need to aerate, which gives roots the space they need to grow, obtain nutrients, take in moisture and get enough air.
If you fail to take care of the weeds, you might as well say goodbye to your nice lawn and garden now. It’s imperative that you kill off weeds in early spring before they have a chance to take hold and sprout. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide on your lawn or use cornmeal if you’re looking for an eco-friendly, chemical-free option.
Now’s the time to inspect your lawn mower, seeding machines and other outdoor tools. Give them a tune-up (oil change, new spark plug installation, air filter replacement) or take them to a professional for an inspection. Have plenty of fuel in your shed or garage so you’re ready for that first lawn mowing.
Established in 2007, Twelve Oaks Landscape has been your choice for landscaping and spring lawn care. If you don’t have time for the above tips, give us a call and we’ll handle everything. It’s not too early to schedule your spring maintenance now.