Spring has almost arrived in the neck of the woods and soon we will be outdoors cleaning up our yards and getting it ready for spring. We will also be pouring all our time, effort, and money into trying to make our lawn the best lawn on the street. Making your landscape beautiful is a lot of work. To make things easier we have compiled a list of essential spring chores.
Rake and Cleanup Your Yard
Raking your yard is one of the simplest and cheapest lawn care chores there is. Not to mention it’s great exercise. Raking is necessary in the spring to get leaves off of your grass, allow your grass to dry out, and loosen thatch. This will prevent soil compaction and lawn diseases like snow mold.
Nip Weeds Early
One of the benefits of spring is that you have a clean slate when it comes to fighting weeds. Now is the time to eliminate weeds before they germinate. You can accomplish this with a simple application of pre-emergent herbicides. Pre-emergents are effective in killing weed seeds and allowing your grass to green up unimpeded by pushy weeds. Eliminating spring weeds will also make your summer weed control a lot easier.
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas
Not enough people realize how easy it is to control mosquitoes in your yard. Mosquitos don’t travel that far so the chances are, the mosquitoes that you encounter in your yard hatched in your yard or your neighbors’ yard. All you need to do to address this issue is to understand how mosquitoes breed. Females need just a teaspoon of rainwater to lay their eggs and begin the next generation of blood-thirsty mosquitoes. The next thing you need to do is walk around your yard and find anything that can retain water and either remove it or place it so it cannot catch water. Here’s a list of some common items that can hold standing water: flower pots, clogged gutters, ditches, dishes, children’s toys, old tires, animal waterers, and birdbaths.
Check On Your Gutters
Gutters often go overlooked and forgotten. But this essential piece of aluminum does a lot of work to protect your home from water damage. If you live in an area with a lot of trees then your gutters might become clogged from time to time. When this happens, water can back up under your shingles and cause water damage to your roof, attic, and can eventually leak in your home. Water overflowing from gutters will settle around the foundation of your home which can lead to cracks, foundation shifting, and basement flooding.
Aerate Your Lawn
Lawn aeration is one of the most overlooked and underrated lawn care techniques. Interestingly enough, it’s also the most beneficial thing you can do to your lawn. Compact soil is an issue that faces all homeowners eventually. Soil becomes naturally compact over time from rain, walking, driving, and mowing. This can cause your grass to decline and exhibit signs similar to drought stress. That’s because your grass cannot get any water, even when it rains. Soil compaction can be so severe that it prevents water from penetrating the ground. Symptoms of soil compaction include water runoff, pooling water, soft or spongy grass, weak or thin areas of grass, and concrete-like soil. Aeration can loosen up the soil and break up years of thatch buildup in just an hour, allowing for air, water, and nutrients to flow back into the roots of your grass.
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