Summer is in the air and that means pulling out all of your lawn and garden tools. Yes, it is time to get to work. But wait! While it is important to get a head start on your lawn to give it the best chance of growing thick and green this season, you do need to be careful not to jump the gun. Start walking on soft ground or digging around moist areas and you could disturb tender grass shoots – and that will make it harder for your grass to grow later.
Make sure that your home sports the perfect lush lawn this summer by following these five basic summer lawn care tips:
- Check Your Mower (and other lawn care equipment). You are anxious to break out the gardening gloves and dig your hands into some cool, moist dirt. But in the meantime get out your mower and other lawn equipment, and give it a good tune-up. Sharpen the blades, change the oil, filter, spark plugs and clean the engine and undercarriage. Getting your mower in tip-top shape now will make maintaining your lawn easier in the months to come. But, don’t stop at your mower. This is a good time to check your edger, trimmer, blower and accessories too.
- Don’t Forget Yard Debris. Once the weather warms a bit and the ground has dried sufficiently, begin the process of removing any winter debris from your yard. This includes old grass clippings, leaves, sticks, branches and more. Be careful though: if you trample through your yard while the ground is still soggy, you could do more harm than good, damaging tender plants.
- Keep up with Weeds. Take time during the summer to keep up with weeds by pulling them and/or spraying weed killer. This will help keep weeds from germinating later, leaving your yard weed free.
- Seed and Fertilize. watch the weather and take signs from your lawn when it comes to picking the perfect time for seeding and fertilizing. Once the ground and temperature are ready for growth, begin by overseeding those bare areas. This will give your lawn a chance to fill in nicely as growing season goes into full swing. Once your new grass has begun to grow, fertilize the entire area according to the instructions found on your fertilizer bag.
- Practice Good Pest Control. Whether you are battling grubs, lantern flies, or small animals, keeping your entire yard in tip-top shape requires a good pest control regime. But don’t worry, you don’t have to do it all on your own. Summer is the perfect time to bring a pest control expert to set up a program and get you on your way.
Summer is here and you want to be ready with a beautiful lawn that everyone will admire. Once your yard is done, why not consider another warm weather project? Contact Hannah Custom Homes and Remodeling to find out how you can turn your backyard into a living area that will be the envy of all of your neighbors.