Spring is just around the corner, which means now’s the perfect time to get your lawn ready for the season. Prepping your lawn early helps ensure it doesn’t become overrun with weeds or scorched during summer. Follow these three landscaping tips to make your beautiful lawn the envy of the neighborhood.
3 Ways to Landscape for a Spring-Ready Lawn
1. Do a Spring Dethatch
Thatch control is one of the first things you can do to prepare your lawn for spring. Over winter, your lawn will become overrun with bits of dead grass. While normally this degrades on its own, it sometimes forms thick, matted accumulations, or “thatches,” instead. Check if you have excessive thatch by running your fingers over your lawn. If the soil is hard to see, the thatches are a half-inch thick or more, or if the earth feels spongy to the touch, call in the professionals. They’ll use a dethatcher – a machine that brings excessive thatch to the surface, so it can be raked away more easily.
2. Ward Off Weeds
Stop weeds before they sprout by applying a pre-emergent herbicide. This keeps weeds at bay by inhibiting a key enzyme and preventing seeds from germinating. Applying herbicide at the right time is crucial to its effectiveness, and that depends on where you live. In Connecticut, this is just when forsythia blooms, or when the soil is approximately 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Perform Core Aeration
Over winter, your lawn can get plugged up with soil, which means oxygen can’t permeate the roots and your grass won’t grow. Landscaping professionals use a machine called a lawn aerator to remove cores of soil from your lawn. This creates pockets that allow light and air to get into the earth and that provide your grass with vital nutrients.
Prepare for spring with help from The Lawn Surgeon in Cromwell, CT. A family-run business established in 1985, they have a long-standing reputation in the community for tackling even the toughest landscaping projects. From mulching to mowing, their quality of work and attention to detail make them the leading lawn care provider in Middlesex and Hartford counties. For a full list of services, visit them online or call (860) 635-1127 to get a leg up on your seasonal readiness today.