Lawn care is something that many homeowners overlook. This is a huge mistake if you spend any time at all caring for the aesthetics of your house. Think back to any time you’ve ever admired a house, whether it was a celebrity’s mansion you saw on TV, or just a nice house you drove past. I can almost guarantee that it had a nicely manicured lawn. Not taking care of your front lawn can really ruin any effort you put into your home. Even a house with a perfect paint job and nicely decorated porch looks incomplete if it has a patchy, browning lawn.
It’s spring now, so if you’re thinking about putting work into your lawn, now is the best time to do it. Your grass it at its healthiest during this time and it can take any treatments you’d like to throw its way. Here are a list of Do’s and Don’ts for spring time lawn care.
DO...Aerate Your Lawn
I’ll mention this one first since it’s the most time sensitive tip. Aerating your lawnis a process that involves poking holes into the soil beneath your grass. This allows nutrients, sun and water to make their way to the roots of your lawn much easier. It also improves soil drainage and encourages worms, microfauna and microflora which require oxygen. All of these things will improve the health and look of your lawn immensely, but it’s a process that needs to be done during the warmer months. Aerating your lawn during winter or fall can cause damage that your grass is too fragile to recover from.
DON’T… Leave Items Sitting On Your Lawn
If you have kids, or just enjoy spending time on your lawn, make sure you remove all items from it before you go back inside. Letting bikes, furniture or other things sit on your lawn cause the soil beneath to become compacted. This does the exact opposite of aerating, by making it difficult for nutrients to reach your grass’ roots.
DO...Get Rid Of Weeds
Weeds in your lawn can be a bit more complicated to remove than weeds in your garden. The weeds in your garden tend to grow as individual plants that you can usually just pull by hand. Grass weeds, however, tend to be smaller and can sometimes be hard to spot. The best thing you can do for this is apply chemical weed control. Call a professional landscaper about this service. They usually only need to apply these chemicals a few times a year, and your lawn will be free of weeds.
DON’T...Over Or Under Water Your Lawn
It can be a little tough to figure out how much water your lawn needs. We’ve put together a blog about the subject, that will explain exactly how much water your specific lawn requires. If you have a professional landscaper caring for your lawn, they’ll be able to make sure it’s getting the perfect amount, and catch signs of over/under watered areas right away.