There are a number of things you can do to get your garden ready for spring. A lot of people don’t even think about their lawn until well into spring or early summer, but if you start early it will be less work than it would be if you left it all to do later.
Here are the 3 steps you need to do first:
1. Maintenance – Clean up, check your weed trimmer and get the blades on your lawn mower sharpened. Most people wait until they are about to start the first cut of the season and realize the blades are dull from last year, this will cause uneven wear and tear on your grass.
2. Clean up – Get out early and start cleaning up your lawn and flowerbeds. Clean any dead limbs lying around from snowstorms. Clean up any left over leaves and debris that has accumulated, that way when it is actually time to start planting, you will have it already to go, and the job won’t seem so big.
3. Shop – Buy a good grass seed and lawn fertilizer, choose a fertilizer that has slightly less nitrogen as you want to encourage root growth instead of top growth. Time-release fertilizer is good in the spring because it will make sure that the grass gets nutrients each time it rains. Choose a grass seed that has qualities and color you want and is resilient against crabgrass and other weeds.
Once you have everything ready and after risk of snowfall or extreme low temperatures have passed, around late March to mid April, then you can re-seed. Make sure you scatter your seeds evenly. Try not to overwater your lawn; spring showers will take care of that.
Last summer when I decided to reseed my lawn, I used Scott’s grass seed for the first time and was amazed at the results; the cost is slightly higher than other brands but well worth it. The seeds themselves are weed free, provide great coverage, it helped grow a thick and very green lawn, it even had a cushiony feel when you walked on it. This seed can be found at most outdoor supply stores.
Now all we need is for the leftover snow to disappear this week and we can get started.
Good luck with your lawn!
Next time I will be talking about spring urns and containers to brighten up your front entrance for Easter.