Spring is here and so is lawn maintenance. After the homebuying rush of the last few years, many new owners now have to take care of lawns for the first time.
While not particularly difficult or complicated, getting it right means getting started early. And following a few basic steps can make the summer lawn care duties far easier.
Keeping Lawn Care Simple and Easier
Of course, the easiest way to have a nice lawn is to hire a landscaping company to come and take care of everything for you. However, not every homeowner has that luxury, and most tenants are not going to spend the money needed for that type of service.
Short of having a hired crew coming in every few weeks, most folks either give their lawns and yards the minimum of attention except when they are planning some backyard entertainment.
But for a beautiful, lush, and healthy lawn, regular care and maintenance tasks are required - and getting an early start is important as well. For most lawns this means jumping in during the early spring to prep them for the coming summer months.
Spring Lawn Prep: As Easy as 1,2,3... 4
To help budding lawn care experts with this initial phase of their residential lawn care endeavors, we've put together this handy checklist illustrating the basic steps for spring lawn preparation.
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There can be a few other items that may need to be addressed for some lawns depending on their condition and geographic location. But for most folks, these are the four most important tasks for preparing a lawn in the spring.
Taking a Deeper Dive Into Spring Lawn Prep
For those who have been through the seasonal lawn care cycle a few times already, most of this may be a bit elementary. That being said, however, the truth is that many homeowners are still a bit unclear on the fundamentals of proper lawn prep and care - even if they've had lawns for years!
Let's take a look at these primary tasks a bit further:
Rake gently to remove debris and dead grass from your lawn.
Clearing leaves and debris from your lawn is an essential part of lawn care. If you let leaves pile up, they can block all-important fall sunlight from nourishing your lawn. Leaves can also trap moisture and cause disease, mold, and pests. Dead leaves can lead to bare spots in your yard.
Aerate lawn to reduce soil compaction and improve water and nutrient absorption.
Aerating a lawn involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soil can prevent air, water and fertilizer from reaching your lawn’s root system, causing dead spots, patches and thinning. In addition, aerating increases nutrient availability, builds a thicker lawn, reduces water runoff and puddling, and benefits pH modification.
Assess the soil for pH levels and nutrient deficiencies.
The pH level of soil is important for your lawn to be able to absorb nutrients they need to grow. Lawns with a low, or acidic, soil pH also tend to grow unwanted plants like weeds or moss. PH has an effect on plant growth, and important nutrients for plants tend to be available in soil when the pH is at proper levels.
Overseed bare spots or thin areas of your lawn with grass seed.
A common treatment for lawns is what is known as "overseeding." Overseeding helps to revive worn-out lawns and is an easy way to bring a lawn back to a healthy state. Spreading seed on an established lawn can also make it more resilient to insects, drought, diseases, and other tough conditions which may be causing your lawn to struggle.
Overseeding is a simple, natural, and cost-effective way of reducing the need for pesticides, water, and fertilizer, while enhancing the color and consistency of your lawn’s appearance. It can also prevent weeds from growing by helping to thicken your lawn’s canopy and preventing light from hitting the soil.
Other important tasks include fertilizing your lawn, applying pre-emergent herbicides, and performing an early-spring tune-up on your lawn mower, edger, and other outdoor power tools.
One of the "Lawn Care Laws of Physics" states that the large your yards, the more yard debris you will accumulate throughout the year. And cleaning up and disposing of large amounts of yard waste and debris can be a pain.
That's when it really does pay to outsource that task by calling in your local yard debris removal experts.
Your All-Season Lawn Waste and Yard Debris Removal Partners
Yard waste can come in many forms.
In addition to your spring prep work that can pile up dirt and debris everywhere, the winter storms may have left broken tree branches all over your yards. And there may also be large amounts of junk and clutter in your yard that you haven’t had time to clean up.
Whatever it is and whatever the reasons, your local Junk King team can provide you with an efficient, safe and eco-friendly yard waste removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of your yard debris.
Our experienced debris removal team will load up and haul off any types of yard waste you have. And unlike the backseat of your family car, our large junk removal trucks are made to handle those dirty yard debris items.
Once you make an appointment with us, our professional and insured yard waste removal team will show up at your home on time, as promised, and we’ll call your 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive on site.
Before we begin we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your yard waste and other junk takes up in our truck. You just point, and we haul the debris into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
So, are you ready to have your yard waste and debris removed? It's as easy as 1,2.3.
At Junk King, we make it simple to book an appointment by going online above or by simply calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).