How to Prepare Your Lawn for Spring and Summer

Spring is finally here and summer is not far away.  Your lawn and landscape experienced harsh conditions this winter.

Your grass and plants are weak from the winter weather.  They are also hungry from being in dormancy.  Your garden is just itching to get going.

Before you rush to your local lawn and garden store, you need to get ready.  In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how you can bring your plants and grass back fuller and greener than ever.

lawn leaf cleanupClean Up Your Lawn

You can clean up your lawn by doing a few simple things.  First, rake up any leaves or debris accumulated over the winter months to let the sun and air reach the grass. 

Next, cut back any dead or overgrown grass so that new growth can occur.  Other ways to clean up your lawn include removing weeds, eliminating thatch, and hosing off walkways and patios.

Be sure to remove old mulch and apply new mulch to protect the roots of your plants.  Here at Ryno Lawn Care we offer a Leaf Removal Service and we would be happy to set up an appointment for your yard today.

Aerate and Test the Soilwoman aerating lawn

After you have cleaned up your lawn, it is time to start thinking about the health of your grass. One way to ensure a healthy lawn is to aerate the soil.

This process involves making small holes in the ground so that air, water, and nutrients can reach the roots of your grass. You can either do this yourself with a hand tool or hire a professional to do it for you.

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Another way to ensure a healthy lawn is to test the soil. This can be done with a simple soil test kit that you can purchase at your local hardware store.

Test kits will tell you the pH level of your soil as well as the percentage of organic matter. With this information, you’ll be able to determine what kind of grass seed to plant and what kind of fertilizer to use.

trimming spring bushesTrim Any Trees or Shrubs

As you prepare your lawn for spring and summer, don’t forget to trim trees and shrubs. This will help ensure that they are not shading your grass and preventing it from getting the sunlight it needs. It is also good to remove any dead branches that could fall and damage your property.

Pre- And Post Emergents

crabgrass
Crabgrass weeds

After taking care of the physical aspects of preparing your lawn, it is time to focus on the chemical side. One of the most important things you can do for your lawn is to apply pre-emergent herbicides.

These products will help prevent weeds from germinating and taking over your lawn. Apply pre-emergent herbicides in early spring before the weeds start to grow.

You should also apply post-emergent herbicides to kill any existing weeds. Be sure to read the labels carefully and follow the instructions for application. Apply these products in late spring or early summer, after the weeds grow.

fertilize in spring

Fertilize Your Lawn

Another important step in preparing your lawn is to fertilize it. Fertilizers contain nutrients that will help your grass grow thick and green.

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Choose a fertilizer specifically designed for lawns and follow the instructions on the package. Apply fertilizer in early spring, before the grass starts to grow.

Tune Up Your Mower

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Lawn mower blade sharpening

Before you start cutting your grass, make sure to tune up your mower. This includes changing the oil, sharpening the blades, and cleaning the air filter.

These simple steps will help to ensure that your mower is running smoothly and cutting your grass properly.

Final Words 

Nothing beats the feeling of a freshly cut lawn. However, you need to put in some work ahead of time to achieve this. By following the tips in this article, you can be sure to have a healthy and beautiful lawn all spring and summer long.

As always, if you have any questions or would like more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our lawn care specialists are always happy to help!

 

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