You have made your very own ideal outdoor space. Now, you plan to enjoy every afternoon at your garden, the lawn requires extensive nurture and maintenance. Unlike your room, the lawn is a permanent space as you cannot change its interior decoration every now and then.
Though the weather is yet some time way from short dresses, the soil is already warming up. And truly it’s high time to start lawn care tasks.
Yes, we are talking about Spring. Spring is a time when all the withered, dry leaves of the winter fall off and mess up your garden. Therefore, you better take adequate measures in order to keep the lawn prepared for the season.
Yes, we admit the taking care of the lawn is a difficult task if you don’t plan properly. But once you make a plan and strictly adhere to it, it’s not a big deal at all.
This is why we have brought you a few simple yet effective lawn care tips that you must follow if you seek to keep your garden space neat and clean.
Check out the following passages especially if you want a gorgeous yard with minimum hazards.
#1 Seed the Lawn
As the soil is heating up, keep a check on it and before the soil temp gets to 65 degrees, you better spread grass seed across the lawn. Be generous while spreading the seeds as it has multiple significances. We will discuss it here.
If you are thinking overseeding can affect the gardening in a negative way, let’s tell you where you are going wrong. Overseeding revitalizes the worn out and exhausted lawns by covering the total space with an immense quantity of seed along with fertilizer. This job further fills the thin and damaged areas and also improves the color of the grass. Thereby it helps to reduce the scope of moss and weed invasions.
However, before spreading the seeds, make sure that the lawn is enough aerated and scarified, adequately watered and mowed. Moist and hydrated land helps to grow the seeds efficiently, but remember not to over hydrate the soil since it can spoil the entire grass growth.
Once you have seeded the lawn, you need to keep it moist in order to enhance germination so as to protect the seeds and offer the right amount of nourishment that it requires. This step can be done once a year to maintain the health of the lawn.
#2 Clean Out Debris
After the long winter, the yard is slowly waking up, and it’s sure to look a little messy with branches, fallen leaves, scattered debris spread across the lawn. Clean these unappealing heaps of garbage from the lawn as soon as the temperature rises above freezing point.
You can use a grass cutter to cut too long grass. You may use sharp pruning cuts also. This helps to clear the deadwood and broken branches. Make sure that the pruners, hedge clippers, and the shears are rust free and sharp so as to get the optimum results.
#3 Apply Fertilizer with Pre-Emergent Herbicide
The clichéd phrase old is gold can be applied to this lawn care tip. Because, though seems to be a practice from the old days, even the modern expert gardeners prefer to use it. If the bright yellow bushes are gradually blooming, it’s the ideal time to apply an organic fertilizer with pre-emerging herbicide to fight weed or crabgrass. Make sure to apply it before the germination occurs. When the soil is warm and around 55 degrees, this is when forsythia is about to bloom.
Remember, the lawn will not appear to be a professionally nurtured park if the dandelions and weeds are scattered here and there in the garden. If you seek to use the weed killers to tackle the weeds and use fertilizers in order to enhance the growth of the grass, you have to apply the duo in the right order in order to derive the best results.
Spraying weeds with the help of a safe herbicide are the first step of action that will improve the lawn. Weeds occupy water and other nutrients from the grass, more so because the roots of the plants are in the first few centimetres of the soil. You should preferably spray any weed that comes up with herbicide, for example, a glyphosate product. This will effectively help in stopping further weed growth.
After you spray the weeds with herbicide, keep patience and wait about a week before applying fertilizer. However, don’t always rely on herbicide for successful weed control. This is not at all a good lawn care tip if you seek to maintain the yard. Rather, make sure to elevate the overall health of the garden and soil. Keep a pH meter nearby so as to test the soil. If the soil’s pH is 7.0, then the grass is having the ideal environment to procure a lush and thick growth.
#4 Plant Bare-Root Plants
Before planting bare-root plants it’s important to keep a check on the condition of the soil. When the soil in your garden is enough to dry to be crumbled, rather than form a clump in your hand, that’s the ideal moment to plant the bare-root plants. Remember that the plants like pansies, snapdragons, and bare-root trees and shrubs get an extra boost from the cool and wet weather conditions.
Various deciduous trees, roses and shrubs are termed as bare-root plants. There are several benefits to such plants. These are generally less expensive, they are often established quickly and their growth is fast.
Before planting bare-root plants, make sure to moist it by sprinkling some water. If you are getting a plant via mail, it’s better to plant within a day or two of receiving the plant. Also, if you have to delay while planting, make sure to keep the plant in the package, away from the external weather, and place them in a cool and shady area. However, keep an eye that the plants are not frozen.
#5 Wash Away Salt
Most plants don’t show good growth in the salty surroundings (unless they’re saline-tolerant, for instance, daylilies). That’s why good watering is required in order to dilute any remaining salt in the soil.
In fact, this step comes right after you clean the debris. Remember, the rain can flush the residual salt only off the grass, buds, and plant stems, but the soil remains salty even after than. And much salt’s presence can damage your plants, making them dry, withered, and even dead!
Therefore, offer a good rinse to the soil in order to wash the excessive amount of salt present in the soil. Spray the lawn with some water for 2 to 3 hours and repeat it after some days. This will help to expel any scope of sodium buildup.
Now, too much water used for washing the salt can dehydrate the grass and soil. Therefore you have to retain its moisture. You may use gypsum conditioner at such a point. This is made of calcium sulfate, that provides the much-deserved calcium and sulfur to the soil and thereby nourishes the plant and soil.
After rinsing and nourishing the soil, you spread new seeds that may produce grass in the bare patches. This can consume certain weeks in order to be lush, thick, and attractive, but reseeding is sure to help the lawn flourish with greenery.
#6 Prune and Fertilize
As we mentioned earlier, the soil should crumble instead of forming a clump when you can plan to prune fruit trees, shade trees, and spring shrubs. This is also the high time to remove old perennials. You may even fertilize the trees and shrubs before they start their spring growth.
Shrub pruning needs to be strategic in order to keep the yard look tidy and neat while also enhance the health of the plants. Further, yearly pruning also prevents any disease that could be contaminated from the dead foliage. Combining the two – that is, pruning and fertilizing – can offer the shrubs the ideal nutrients essential for their healthy growth and consequent flowering.
Evergreen shrubs do not always lose the leaves during fall, which may lead to you to confusion whether or not to prune them. But you need to prune them in June and July so that the growth is enhanced during the Spring. Also, you have to fertilize these shrubs in September once the temperature is about to decrease.
Now, in case of the flowering shrubs, you can prune them after the last blooming time in Spring. This occurs during the middle of the season. Fertilize them in the late of the season once you are done with pruning. It will encourage a steady growth of the foliage and you will witness a spectacular blooming in the Springtime.
Remember, as a thumb rule you should use fertilizer at least four times every year. These involve the two months during winter, season, and fall. Skipping the use of fertilizer during the summer can be advantageous because water will only wash all the nutrients from the soil. Also, keep in mind that the young shrubs require fertilizers containing more nitrogen. This helps them to produce chlorophyll. Whereas, the matured shrub requires a balanced fertilizer that contains all the essential nutrients.
#7 Preorder Perennials
During the early spring, most nurseries offer 10-20% off deals on plants and shrubs. You must take advantage of this even if you cannot plant the seeds right away. Also, if you hurry up and stay ahead of the fellow gardeners, you are sure to get the best selection.
Once you plant a perennial, you will be rewarded with colorful blooms which will return every year. Once they start to mature they will also become self-sufficient and require less watering. Therefore they require less care than regular flowers. Also, buying perennials is a great investment for gardening because they deliver constantly increasing the number of buds every year.
You may invest in various types of perennial plants like peonies, daylilies, hydrangea, milkweed, etc. Choosing the right plant as per your requirement and the type of soil is important. Remember that matured perennials are easy to plant and demand the least care since their roots are quite deep and potent that can access water from the depths of the soil.
Perennial flowers come with various sizes, shapes and colors so you can choose your favorite one from the wide range. They also have resistance to drought, deer and shade which makes it easy for the gardener to accomplish gardening more easily.
Fun fact: Do you know that perennial peonies can live beyond 100 years without any extra nourishment from the gardener! Are you still unsure of buying one?
#8 Get Your Mower Ready
Keep a sharp mower at your place to deal with the season. Your lawn maintenance is really incomplete if you don’t keep the instrument well regulated. Now, working with a mower comes with a few safety tips. The first and foremost among these is to remove it from the spark plug before operating. Also, make sure to clean the air filter regularly so that the foam is cleared off the mower. If you seek to reduce this extra burden, you better replace it with a paper filter that doesn’t require you to clean it regularly.
Also, remove the oil plug from the machine and dry it completely once you are done working with the mower. However, you better not throw or waste the oil and keep it in an enclosed container and use it later on.
I hope, these lawn care tips will effectively help you to keep your garden tidy and maintained throughout the Spring season. However, if you still got a query, feel free to share with us.
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