It’s been a long wait, but spring is finally on its way. Here at Weed Man, we are gearing up for the season and want to help you do the same. As the last signs of winter slowly start to fade, use this early spring yard checklist to prepare for the growing season ahead!
Clean up Your Yard
After the long winter, you want to make sure you remove any lingering debris from your lawn and garden. Any remaining leaves, twigs, toys, etc. should be picked up to give your lawn a fresh start!
Sharpen Your Lawn Mower Blades
With the anticipated return of warmer weather, it is only a matter of time before your grass hits its spring growth spurt. Get prepared for the season by tuning up your lawn mower. Make sure to check the oil, clean the mower deck and sharpen the blades before your first cut of the season. You should sharpen your mower blades 2-3 times per season to ensure a healthy and clean cut every time.
Prune Dead Branches and Shrubs
The cold and snowy winter weather is often known to damage trees and shrubs. Prune back any dead or damaged branches to keep your plants healthy and allow for new growth.
Wash Down Patio Furniture
After sitting in your shed all winter long, your patio furniture could use a good cleaning. Get out your garden hose and wash down chairs, tables, benches, mats etc. before setting them up in your yard.
Test Your Sprinkler System
Whether you have installed an irrigation system or simply use your backyard hose, make sure your outdoor tap and sprinkler heads are working. Getting any damaged or leaking sprinkler heads fixed before the season will help ensure that your lawn remains hydrated, lush and healthy.
Gently Rake Your Lawn
Gently raking your lawn after the winter season will help remove any dead grass and remaining fall leaves. If left alone, dead grass can accumulate and turn into thatch. Too much lawn thatch (over ½ an inch) creates favourable conditions for pests and lawn disease and can interfere with the growth of healthy turf.
Check for Brown Spots
Over the winter, it is common for our lawns to experience some damage. When the snow melts away, homeowners sometimes notice brown or bare spots on their lawn. If you notice this, your lawn has likely suffered some damage or is being affected by snow mould. Either way, it is best to rake and prepare these areas for reseeding when favourable weather conditions return.
Get Ready to Fertilize
While fertilizing your lawn might seem like a simple task, there is a lot that goes into doing it right! A common mistake made by homeowners is fertilizing your lawn too early. Wait until you notice your lawn actively growing as this is an indication that it is ready to receive nutrients. If you’d rather leave your lawn care applications to a professional, don’t hesitate to contact your local Weed Man!