As winter fades, many of us get excited about warm sunshine, grill-outs on the patio, swimming, and lawn parties! With the weather warming up, it’s high time to start thinking about your outdoor living space. Ensuring beautiful, lush greenery and a well-kept homestead starts with early preparation. Here are the top 8 activities you need to be doing now:
1. Rake, Feed & Seed Your Lawn
Raking away dead grass, twigs, and leaves will help your grass get started on the healthy track. Notice where bare spots have appeared after the harshness of winter cold and start seeding your lawn to fill it in nicely. Don’t forget to fertilize!
2. Begin Watering & Mowing
Deep watering is important for greener lawns. Short but frequent periods of watering might seem superficial at times but is actually detrimental to growth. Likewise, avoid mowing your lawn too short as this discourages deep roots and increases the likelihood of burning your grass on hot days.
3. Prune Perennial Plants and Trees
Perennial plants and trees show their wear and tear most in early spring. Just after hard frosts have ceased is a perfect time to prune. You’ll want to encourage new growth, maintain shape, and remove dead limbs for great looking shrubbery.
4. Lay New Mulch
Not only is new mulch good for your greenery but it also gives that fresh spring look to your landscaping. If you’re just starting out, don’t dismay. Laying new mulch isn’t a complicated process and quickly adds a clean feeling to your yard.
5. Aerate your Lawn
Help your grass grow stronger roots this season by aerating your lawn. After the compression of all that winter snow and ice, your soil needs to breathe! Check out this great infographic for all you need to know about aeration.
6. Clean Gutters & Downspouts
Twigs and leaves that have fallen over autumn and winter get snagged in your gutter system. This process is only aided by the melting of any remaining snow. Free your gutters and downspouts of debris so spring rains can freely flow.
7. Replace HVAC Air Filters
Switching from a heat source to a cooling source as it warms up requires a filter check–just like furnace filters in the fall. A clean filter will leave you with quality indoor air this season.
8. Inspect for Exterior Cracks or Issues
Make sure to walk around your house, garage, and any outbuildings to visually inspect the structures. Keep an eye on the foundation, windows, and siding for any concerning issues.
There are several other tasks you could be doing to landscape and groom your outdoor space as well as protect your home from winter build-up.
Spring is a very busy time! Many of the tasks on this list are jobs that Ehlinger Lawn Care can take care of with our spring lawn cleanup services? Save some time and hassle by calling the professionals!