It is the dream of every homeowner to have a beautiful, green and appealing lawn in front of his house. If you aim for the same, then you should know that this requires a lot of dedication and maintenance work. The good news, however, is that you can care for your lawn even if you are on a tight budget, and here are several useful tips on lawn care during spring:
1. Plant Grass In The Spring
If you plan to plant grass, then this is the perfect season to do it. Keep in mind that lawn care does require some initial investment (you need the grass seeds, herbicide to keep pests away, fertilizers, lawnmowers, string trimmers and such). The reason why you should plant the grass in spring is that the winter kills the weeds and other invasive plants that can invade your patch of green. All you need to do is to give the soil a soft raking, just to make sure the ground is even and the drainage is good.
The grass seeds should be planted at around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, after the lawn has been properly cleaned and repaired. Speaking of lawn cleaning, trees can turn out to be a real hindrance – in this case, tree removal services (cutting and removing) will certainly come in handy. Don’t let anything stay in the way of your beautiful lawn that all your neighbors will envy!
2. Improve The Overall Soil Health
There is no better time to check the soil health than during spring – the lawn must be properly aerated and it should have good drainage. However, if the soil is too compacted and the ground can’t “breathe” properly, then creating some holes in the ground will surely help the fertilizer and the seeds to settle in. On the other hand, the pH level of the soil is also very important, so make sure to check it as well as the nutrient levels. If the nutrient levels are low, you can easily boost them with compost and other types of organic matter.
3. Take Care Of The Law Mowing Equipment
Taking care of your string trimmer, lawnmower and other gardening equipment is vital – only this way you can make sure that they run efficiently and won’t break down. One thing you need to do is to completely remove the leftover gasoline from the lawnmower when you do not use it – drain the oil as well, to prevent the equipment from running on a mixture of oil and gasoline.
The equipment must be thoroughly cleaned, either with a wire brush or with a putty knife that will remove the mud and grass from the lawnmower. Before you start cleaning the equipment, make sure to remove the blade first and don’t forget to sharpen it with a metal file.
Another useful tip is to replace the spark plug every once in a while. Old spark plugs can start to malfunction and this will affect the overall performance of the lawnmower, so make sure to replace it when it starts to wear off – besides, these plugs are extremely cheap and easy to install.
4. Learn How To Mow Your Grass
Believe it or not, lawn mowing is an art and the height and frequency of the mowing can directly affect the health of your grass. Keep in mind that cutting the grass too short can damage the lawn by exposing the soil to direct sunlight, thus creating the perfect environment for weeds.
There are many grass types available and each type must be cut to a certain height: for instance, the optimal height for the common bermudagrass is 1-2 inches, while the fescue grass should not exceed 2-3,5 inches. The St. Augustine grass should be kept at 4 inches, while the Kentucky bluegrass should measure between 2 and 3,5 inches in height.