Keeping your new home's exterior up is important. Last time we covered what should be checked on the outside of your home's physical structure. This time, we're covering what you'll want to look at for maintaining the grounds of your new home - in Spring.
Your home lawn-care checklist - for Spring:
- First things first. WAIT. Yes, wait. Wait until the lawn and soil are completely thawed and have had a chance to dry out before you start diving in t
o lawn maintenance. If you're to eager, you can actually damage the grass and give weeds a better chance at flourishing.
- While you're waiting... take a look at your yard and garden tools. Now is a great time to sharpen you lawn mower blades, pruning shears, manual hedge trimmers and just about anything else with a blade that gets used in yard work. Take an inventory of the tools you have available and what you may want to look at replacing.
The Grass Is Ready!
- Once the grass is ready - use a leaf rake to dethatch your yard. For those who don't know, dethatching is the process of removing all the dead turf grass and other debris from the lawn. It helps by ensuring the lawn is receiving all the sun it needs in order to grow in thick. It also allows rain and nutrients to reach the new grass. Be sure you're using an actual leaf rake instead of a garden rake. Leaf rakes are light weight and closely spaced tines, designed for moving lots of lightweight material. Garden rakes are heavier with wide spaced, usually steel tines. Their made for moving heavy dirt. A heavier garden rake can damage new grass. Using the right rake can be very helpful in home lawn care.
- When you mow for the first time in the spring, make sure your mower blades are low. You're more able to get the remaining dead ends off of the previous years turf.
- Depending on how you feel about chemical applications - apply a pre-emergent weed controller. This helps keep weeds at bay. It gives your grass a better chance at survival.
- If you applied fertilizer in the fall, you probably don't need to reapply it in the spring. If you opted for using the pre-emergent weed killer, you may want to skip fertilizer too. Most weed controllers have some sort of grass fertilizer in them. It could be helpful to get your soil tested to see what it is and isn't lacking in nutrients.
- Look around your yard. Do you see bare patches? After you've mowed for the first time, reseed areas as needed. Follow the grass seed instructions for optimizing growth.
- Wait to water your lawn until it actually needs it. You can over water it and give mold the opportunity to take hold. It's actually good for the grass roots to go without water in the spring until it has had time to dry up.