It seems like only yesterday that the dead of winter was upon us, with snow and cold temperatures hitting many major cities throughout the United States. But with spring only a few weeks away, it is not too early to start worrying over landscaping duties and curb appeal!
Traditionally there are two difficult seasons for those who try to keep a beautiful yard, spring and fall. It is important to prepare a lawn for winter, so that the hard months ahead do not do too much damage to the grass and other plants in the area. But winter is now coming to a close, so it is time to consider spring.
Assess the Lawn
When the snows melt and the temperature starts to become bearable again, grass comes in patchy at best and is matted down from months of rain and snow. There is also a high possibility there are dead limbs and leaves. Now is a perfect time to clear these off, as well as sweep away any unwanted winter residue, such as sand or salt from the street and driveway.
Once this is done, it is time to assess the lawn. It probably will look a little dreary, but if it looks worse than usual, hiring a professional to check the pH levels and to check the soil in order to make sure it is healthy is not a bad idea. If everything checks out, it is time to get the tools ready for use.
Get to Work
Chances are likely that lawn mowers are not used much during the winter months. If this is the case, making sure they are in working order, and are sharpened according to standard is important to ensure that all of the tasks that need to be done are completed. Doing this can avoid headaches later in the season when prices will start to rise for lawn mowers and other items.
Another nice touch is to add some color to the lawn. This can be done by planting simple, yet elegant flowers in designated areas. This can help a lawn stand out, and will add curb appeal to the property. A solid choice of flower is a Carnation, which is weather tolerant and can last up to a long time.
In order to have a good spring, fertilize and mulch the yard as needed. Having the right nutrients in the soil can help the lawn get a good start, and thrive throughout the spring months.
Kamiel Moore writes for We Buy Ugly Houses, the “sell my house fast” guys. Check out our site today for any real estate needs.
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