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5 Tips to Prep Your Lawn & Garden for Spring

Category: DIY Tips

Spring is just around the corner, and your lawn and garden are getting ready to bloom and flourish… but they often need a little help from you. We’re here to help you learn more about what you need to do in the springtime season to have a beautiful, healthy lawn and garden in the coming weeks and months. Here are our top tips…

1. Aerate the Lawn:

What is aeration? Aeration is perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeper so in turn you have a strong lawn. The biggest reason for aerating is to prevent soil compaction. Compacted soil keeps your lawn from thriving. By aerating the lawn during its peak growth, you loosen the soil so water and nutrients are better absorbed and roots have room to grow.

(via The Lawn Institute)

2. Seed the Lawn:

Whether you’re starting from scratch or nursing an existing lawn back to health, seeding is an important task that you want to get right. A process called over-seeding can keep your lawn lush and green and helps to prevent thinning. Early spring is the best time to do this. Looking for seed? Check out our selection!



3. Weed & Feed:

“Weed & feed” is a generic term for a wide range of chemicals made to strengthen your healthy grass while also killing off weeds. This is a spring ritual for many homeowners but beware of overdoing it. Late spring is the best time to do this; just make sure you actually have a weed problem before doing it. Too many chemicals can stress the plant’s roots, putting your lawn at risk during the intense heat of summer. Check out our stock of weed & feed to get started!


4. Maintain Your Mower:

Take care of your mower, and it’ll take care of your lawn. Sharp blades are important so cuts are crisp and the grass heals quickly after cutting. Fresh gas and spark plugs will keep your mower in peak performance. Keep it clean of debris by brushing it off after each use with a broom or brush. Looking to buy a new lawn mower? Check out our array of mowers or talk to us about placing a special order! 



5. Test the Soil pH:

A healthy lawn needs soil with a balanced pH level, usually between 5 to 7, depending on the type of grass. If the pH level is too high (alkaline), add sulfate with a broadcast spreader. If your pH level is too low (acidic), add lime in the same way.

 

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