Spring Yard Care Tips

Mar 25, 2014

Winter is behind us and now is the time to start looking forward to Spring and Summer.  It’s easy to get confused about when to do certain lawn care tasks so here’s a quick outline that should help everyone in the Northeast.

Pre-Season – This is the time to take care of pre-season tune up on your equipment.  Nothing is as frustrating as going out to do yard work and having your equipment not start or run properly. Sharpen or replace lawn mower blades.  Check, clean, or replace sparkplugs, air filters, fuel filters, oil filters, tires and gas/oil mix.  Check fuel lines for rot or damage and replace as necessary.  Check spark plug and other wiring for damage or decay and replace as necessary.  A little care and maintenance now will pay huge dividends as the season wears on.

March/April is the time dethatch, aerate, seed, and fertilize your lawn.  Dethatching clears the lawn of dead/decaying roots and other organic material that robs your lawn of water and other nutrients.  Dethatching will promote stronger root growth of your lawn. Thatch also provides a good home for insects that want to destroy your lawn so dethatching really is an important step in lawn care.

Aerating your lawn allows water, air, and fertilizer to get down in to the roots of your grass.  This will promote deeper root growth and a more vigorous lawn. March’s high rainfall makes this a great time to seed your lawn.  Be careful to choose a grass seed that will work well with your soil type and yard conditions.  Fertilizer helps overcome any nutrient shortfalls in your soil and promotes more even growth.  Be careful to use a quality spreader that you can adjust the coverage level to avoid spotting and fertilizer burn.

Hopefully these tips will provide the guidance necessary to having a rich, healthy lawn that you can enjoy all summer long.