Once the last snows have melted and temperatures have begun to rise, you’ll probably want to do something outdoors to break that cabin fever that’s been gnawing at you for the last month or so. Spring is a great time to freshen up the lawn and landscape, but before you jump into making major improvements, consider what can be done right now — that doesn’t need anything special and doesn’t cost a dime.
- Actually, before you begin doing anything in your lawn this spring, make sure it isn’t squishy. Walking on water-logged lawns is a sure way of compacting your lawns soil. Don’t do it– just wait till it drys out a bit.
When you can safely walk on your grass, then start by picking up any fallen branches, debris that has gathered in your lawn and dispose of it properly.
- If you have plenty of pent-up energy, then you can rake your lawn. It’s a good way of loosening up the packed grass blades and allows the sunlight to warm up your soil.
If you put extra mulch around some of your plants like roses, don’t remove this just yet. Wait until our northern Ohio weather has moderated and some new growth can be seen. Removing it too early will encourage new growth which could be damaged if we get a quick cold snap.
- If you have mulch over your tulip / daffodil beds, this can be fluffed up and maybe pulled back some to allow the soil to warm.
- As the weather begins to consistently warm up into the 50s or higher during the day, you might want to consider spreading some compost to flower or vegetable beds. Don’t work it into the soil just yet as the soil is probably still too wet.
- If you haven’t yet gotten your lawn mower prepped for the coming season, do it now before the mower repair shops get over-booked when the warm weather hits big time.
If you didn’t have your lawn aerated last fall, and you notice thatch build up, call me at the office to talk about maybe scheduling a lawn aeration service.