March is the month that marks the end of winter, and the beginning of Spring. We love this month, because even though California doesn't always have the coldest winters, they're still nothing compared to the beauty of a sunny spring. All of the work we've put into keeping our plants protected during the colder months, from both weather and pests, is going to start paying off as the plants that have spent time growing under the soil finally start to break the surface and show their true colors.
Here are some of the things we recommend doing before March is over to ensure that this spring will be as lovely as possible.
1) Aerate your garden's soil
This term basically means “punch holes,” because that’s exactly what aeration does: it punches a series of holes in your lawn, using an aerator. Manually poking holes in your lawn is effective but time consuming, so you might want to think about renting an aerator machine or hiring a professional to perform this task.
Aeration is very good for your lawn and garden because it allows access to the roots – therefore, fertilizer, water and sunlight can affect them directly. This encourages growth.
2) Clean up the yard
You need to keep your lawn unblocked during the winter, or you risk accidentally harming the grass. Even something as simple as a pile of leaves can cause damage, because it blocks the sunlight. And during the winter, sunlight is weakened as it is. Don’t allow anything to remain in place over the lawn, unless you want inconsistent growth later on. And try to keep from stepping on it as much as possible until spring.
3) Don’t let the yard have too much water
Watering your lawn is a tricky balancing act sometimes – not enough water and the lawn will die; but too much water will drown it. And during the winter, when we’re getting hit with rain, you don’t want your lawn to become flooded, either. Too much water that doesn’t evaporate quick enough can lead to the development of fungus, which damages your lawn. And if fungus spreads (which it can, through the use of roots), then there’s a chance other plants or trees could be damaged as well.
Prevent these problems by ensuring your lawn has proper drainage, and don’t allow water to pool on the grass. Not only is it harmful, mosquitoes like to use standing water to lay eggs in the winter. That’s an entirely different problem you don’t want to get stuck with.