Many folks see the winter as a much-needed break from lawn care — but the truth is that taking care of your yard is a job that’s never done. By getting started with working on your lawn just before the dawn of a new spring, you’ll not only save yourself valuable time, but you could actually enjoy sitting in the garden later on— while ensuring that your lawn is as healthy as possible.
Landscaping Tasks To Do Before Spring
With spring just around the corner, you can start by cleaning up the rocks, twigs, leaves, and other bits and pieces that will have built up over the winter, as well as any dead plants.
Raking is the first thing you should do to prepare your lawn for fresh growth. You’re probably thinking, “My trees, on the other hand, have been devoid of leaves for months. What’s the point of raking?” Raking, on the other hand, does more than only remove tree leaves. Even if you did an excellent job raking leaves in the fall, you will still have to deal with thatch.
Soil compaction can occur if your lawn has a lot of traffic, such as a lot of running and playing in the same area. If you observe moss that thrives on compacted soil, you can get rid of it, but you must investigate the root cause. Aeration is frequently required in this instance due to compacted soil.
A lawn aerator makes holes in the turf, allowing water and air to penetrate the soil and reach the roots. A lawn aerator can be rented from a big box hardware shop, or if you have a tiny lawn, a hand aerator will suffice.
Unless your lawn is so wet that your shoes sink into it as you stroll by, you should also consider mowing it every three weeks or so, even before spring rolls around. Grass that grows too tall is more vulnerable to disease, but it’s in your power to keep it healthy.
Trimming any trees is another perfect late-winter lawn job, as it’s easier to assess the condition of your branches before the leaves start sprouting.