Spring Preparations for Your Lawn and Lawn Equipment
Lawn equipment such as ride-on and push mowers, leaf blowers and weed whackers all require springtime maintenance. Draining and replacing any fluids, as well as charging the battery is a good place to begin when trying to start lawn equipment that has been sitting in a shed all winter.
Once your landscaping tools are in proper working order, it’s time to go after the lawn and garden. This checklist will help you get your property in tip-top shape – or set the stage for a much larger and ambitious landscaping project.
Take a rake to it: The first step you should take is to rake up any leaves and loose sticks that are on your property. Raking will also help you to break up the soil to get it ready to receive the nutrients it needs to grow. And don’t forget to get into the garden and rip up any weeds or dead plants that aren’t perennials.
Fill the gaps: Now is the time to fill in missing patches of grass by laying down seed or sod. You should also lay down a couple inches of mulch in your gardens or around any plants to help them maintain moisture and temperature.
Aerate it out: Aerating your lawn will help it draw in more moisture, nutrients and oxygen. If you have a riding lawn mower then adding an aerating attachment is the best way to go.
Take a little off the top: Once your grass is growing, you should cut it to a height of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches. You should also cut it frequently, so that you never have to remove more than one third of the grass. Doing so will ensure a thicker, greener lawn that can survive the summer heat.
With spring’s vibrant colors, warm sunlight and cool, gentle breezes, it’s no wonder why it’s the favorite season of so many people. With a little preparation, decoration and care you can make the most of the season.