As the warmer weather approaches, we begin thinking about spending more time outdoors. Whether you’re having a barbecue or just relaxing under the sun, you will want your yard to look incredible at all times.
Doing this isn’t as easy as it sounds, but a bit of effort from your end to keep your lawn healthy this spring can improve the soil condition, prevent weed growth and help your plants have a good life. Here are some landscaping tips to ensure your lawn looks beautiful this spring.
• Raking the leaves
As new leaves grow, you should get rid of the old ones that have fallen on the ground. Your lawn will automatically get a facelift. It’s an essential springtime chore not just to remove the leaves but also to rejuvenate the grass and remove any snow mold that may have accumulated after the harsh winter. Raking the lawn ensures water properly and easily penetrates the soil.
• Removing weeds
Ensuring your lawn looks its best all the time is hard work. You must not allow weeds to ruin your efforts. Using pre-emergent herbicide in places where weeds haven’t erupted and post-emergent herbicide where they have, is the best way to control their growth. Keep an eye on products labelled as “grass killers” and you will surely have a weed-free and lush lawn in no time.
• Mowing the grass
Mowing the grass is important as it helps retain moisture and resist weeds. Also, your grass thrives more when it’s kept shorter. But make sure the grass maintains a height of 3-4 inches or taller, as failing to do so can damage the roots.
• Planting flowers
Flowers and springtime tend to go hand in hand. Planting seasonal flowers is the perfect way to spruce up your lawn. It’s really simple and yet it can add so much to the space. You should begin planting as soon as its warm enough to give the seedling a chance to establish itself before the weather becomes too hot.
Tulips, crocus and daffodils are the three most common flowers planted during spring. These fresh flowers look great both in planters and gardens and can make your lawn look amazing.
• Laying mulch
Along with helping transform the look of the yard, mulch has several benefits. Laying mulch in your flower beds can prevent weeds from ruining your plants. Mulch is also excellent for water retention and helps the plants remain hydrated for longer. It can also help deter and control common pests that can wreak havoc in your lawn. Laying mulch is perhaps one of the best things you can do for your lawn.
• Adding compost
It’s a great idea to add compost to your flower bed, yard and garden area during spring. Compost nourishes the soil, making it rich with various nutrients. Additionally, it is also great for helping plants prevent diseases and retain water.
• Watering the grass
Just like every living organism on the planet, the grass in your lawn needs water to thrive. It doesn’t matter whether it comes from a hose, a spring shower or an irrigation system. A lawn needs about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. If you live in an area that doesn’t receive adequate rainfall, watering the lawn around 3 times every week should be enough.
Following these tips will help you have the lawn you desire, which is weed-free, lush and strong. Although it will require some effort, it will be rewarding to see your family and friends reaping the benefits of a healthy lawn.