Spring is “technically” here, though Minnesota is making it hard to feel the excitement by sending us the incorrect weather; however, when the real spring does decide to show up, it will have been worth the wait.
A well-known to-do around springtime is a little something called, “spring cleaning.” Many think that means de-cluttering the house, getting things into storage, out with the old, in with the new, and upgrading things, which is true, but don’t forget about your lawn!
Give your lawn and flowers an advantage in starting the growing season the right way by following these tips for spring-cleaning your lawn:
- One common problem that can be caused by winter, especially our harsh winters here in Minnesota, is uneven ground. This can cause poor growing conditions for grass, and other plants, so it’s important to fill in those low areas, or cut away areas that are raised, as low spots cause poor drainage and the mower scalps high spots.
- As the weather warms, remove burlap from trees and shrubs.
Prune away winterkilled branches and remove debris, fallen branches, and scattered sticks from winter’s incessant wind and snow to make room for new growth.
Rake out leaves and dead foliage, so they don’t smother plants and foster disease.
- Test the soil’s pH and remove turf damaged by salt, plows, or disease to prepare for seeding.
- Prune weatherworn bushes, hedges, and perennials that look overgrown.
After cleaning and repairing your lawn, you may need to reseed parts of it that are particularly bare or brown, or strongly damaged by snow mold.
It seems spring cleaning is a never-ending task with so much to do, but we hope these tips will help get you started. Happy cleaning!
Don’t forget to contact Ehlinger Lawn Service for any of your lawn care needs by visiting our website: www.ehlingerlawn.com.
Posted on Mon, March 31, 2014