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Lawn Preparation for the Spring Season

Carly Sutherland

Carly Sutherland

After recently ringing in the new year, we have swiftly found ourselves approaching the spring season. What’s not to love about spring? The blooming flowers, green grass, and blossoming trees provide us with an exciting transition into the summer season- the true Southerner’s favorite occasion. Although the weather this time of the year can be notoriously unpredictable, there are some early spring cleanup tasks which certainly can save you some unnecessary trouble. Now’s the time to tackle some early spring maintenance to get your yard ready for the growth spurt to come!

Where to Start
Now is the perfect time to assess the condition of which Mother Nature has left your yard after the fall and winter seasons. To begin, survey your property for dead leaves, broken branches, and other unpleasurable debris and clear it away to better provide an overall inspection of your lawn, soil, shrubs and gardens. Gauge your grasses to see what is coming back, remove all debris, and make sure to call a professional if something which could be dangerous needs attention.
Now take the time to inventory your stockpile from previous years, and make a plan.

Grass
Although the grass may be brown, that doesn’t mean it’s dead. The best way to kickstart your lawn is to zealously rake the grass, essentially to wake it up from winter slumber and initiate its ability to start growing.
Next, you’ll want to turn your focus to areas of thatch- dead, dried grass which may be thick and deep. That thatch will radically prevent oxygen and sunlight from reaching the live grass beneath among other plants. Make sure to rake it out, and remove it as necessary. You’ll also benefit from checking for mold or fungus growth. Although some fungi and bacteria are rarely damaging to the greens, there are certainly others which may have harbored in your once lush lawn over the winter season which could potentially cause you- and your lawn- some trouble.
March is a great time to start re-seeding your lawn in those areas lost to the cold weather or neglect during those chill months.

Pruning
Pruning away dead, dying and damaged branches should definitely begin before spring arrives as it not only allows sunlight to better penetrate the plants, but it also allows those plants to flourish. Where tree or shrub branches have been damaged by the harsh weather, cold temperatures and brisk wind- prune back to where the live stems look promising. Summer-flowering shrubs should be pruned before their buds swell, however spring-flowering shrubs can stand to be pruned after their first bloom begins. To prevent damage in the long haul, shape hedges with hand shears as opposed to electric pruners which can cause the shrubs to develop a thick outer layer of growth which prohibits sunlight and air flow from reaching the plant’s core. Shrubs and hedges are easily maintainable on your own, however if you’re concerned about trees- it is best to contact a professional. You are certainly welcomed to contact us here at Truland Homes and we can send you in the direction of a valuable professional! Lastly, trim evergreens which have become overgrown back to a branch whose direction you want to encourage.
This is the time to hit the pruning hard, as it will set you up to be better prepared for planting, maintenance and seeding. Thusly, it will grant you more time to enjoy the beautiful southern climate!

Clean Up the Beds
Initiate your plant bed clean up by raking out fallen leaves and dead foliage. This dead and rotting matter can smother plants and foster a host of diseases for your greens. Follow by removing wearing annuals and any old, unsightly mulch to better prepare for a new layer of spring plants and mulch alike. Nettlesome plants should be encouraged back into flower beds to reveal borders and garden clearance. Compact the earth around the base of these plants, or carefully replant them in an appropriate location. This would also be a beneficial stage to spread a safe plant fertilizer (tailored to the existing plants) on the soil’s surface. The spring rains will carry the fertilizer to the roots and kick start the growth spurt which will soon commence.

To conclude, of course there are plenty more tasks of which you can add to your agenda- pending you have the time. Lawn equipment (mechanical or not) can be assessed for readiness, new beds can be dug, fences and hardscape surfaces can be tended to etc. However, these several steps listed above allow you the capability of not only jump starting your soon to be lucious yard, but also grants you and your family more time to enjoy your hard work once the warm weather comes around!

If you are looking for tips, tricks or aide in making and/or keeping your yard beautiful, we would be happy to point you in the right direction of an exceptional expert! Please contact us here at Truland Homes with any of your landscaping needs. We look forward to hearing from you!