If you took a survey of the things people missed most during the winter, stuff like flip-flops, shorts, and beach days would mostly round out the list. But for most homeowners, the sight they long for most of all would probably have to be the sight of green grass in their yard. There’s something special about a lush lawn that everyone appreciates. Plus it makes your property look great.
For months our lawns disappear under a blanket of snow, waiting for the spring thaw. As soon as days start getting longer and the temperature starts to rise, everyone sets out to restore their lawns to their former glory. But to get a lush, green lawn that’s the envy of your street, you’ve got to get a running start in spring! Here are five key steps you can take right now to ensure you have a beautiful and healthy yard all year long.
Give Your Equipment a Tune Up
Before you even start to think about working on your lawn, you need to ensure your mower’s ready to go. This means changing the oil, tightening up any loose bolts or fasteners, and replacing your spark plugs with fresh ones. You should also make sure the air filter is clean. And don't forget to have your blade sharpened! It makes a huge difference but be careful and make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Evaluate Your Lawn
Once all the snow has melted, take a moment to walk all over your lawn for an inspection. Take note of any dead spots, snow mold, or raw patches of earth that could use some reseeding. Bring a rake with you to clean up dead leaves or break up any thatched areas that may have formed over the winter.
Take Care of Snow Mold
If you find a spot of snow mold or another type of lawn fungus, take a rake and gently break up the matted grass so it can dry. Often, this will be enough to dry out the mold and get the grass in the area growing again. However, depending on the extent of the damage, you might have to patch or reseed the area.
Reseed Where Needed
For any bare spots or even the areas of your lawn that look a little thin, overseeding is a great way to return it to a lush, full, “let’s walk around barefoot” state. This is simple to do too. Just spread a liberal amount of grass seed over the area you want to patch, add some fertilizer and about a half inch of topsoil, and gently rake the mixture in with the grass and soil. Make sure you water these patches thoroughly every day until the seeds start to germinate.
Plant While It's Still Cool
Although we like to think plants prefer hot weather, the cooler temperatures of spring make it easier for roots to take hold and are the best time to get your lawn seeded. If you’ve been thinking of adding any shrubs, bushes, or trees, get it done at the same time to ensure they get the best start before the scorching days of summer sneak up on you. It’s better for the plants and more fun to do when you’re not melting in +35 weather.
Follow this guide and your lawn will be the talk of the town by summertime! And if you’ve been wondering if the grass might be greener in a new home, then don’t pro-grass-tinate… let’s talk today! I can help make selling or buying a home in Kelowna easier on you!