|Written by Tom Fowler|
It is that time of year again. Here are some of my ideas on how to get your yard looking nice and ready for the warm months.
Hopefully you have read my companion piece, How to Prepare Your Lawn Mower for Spring and Summer. Your mower will get quite a workout in early spring after months of inactivity.
Your yard will be dirty after a long winter. There will be all manner of yard refuse to collect: twigs and, in some cases, tree limbs, a good amount of dead grass to shave off and maybe a few early weeds.
Rake or simply collect by hand as much of the refuse as possible and then set your mower to a lower setting. Depending upon where you live and what type of grass you have, you may want to â€śscalpâ€ť your lawns. That is, cut them down as short as is possible. Placing a special scalping blade on your more will help aerate the grass topsoil. For the first several mowings in spring, keep you mower at a lower setting and then adjust higher as the season progresses.
Bag the clippings for disposal, for the first couple of mowings, even if you mulch the remainder of the season.
It is a good time to fertilize early in spring when the grass is short and the lawn is â€śclean.â€ť There are many types of fertilizers but I prefer an â€śall grass, any seasonâ€ť blend. (I fertilize again in June before the intense heat of July and August sets in.)
That is pretty much it. Mow as often as you need to and do not let the grass get too long between mowings as it will not like being shocked in that way.
As you see, this is fairly simple and straightforward. The main challenge will be to rouse yourself to do it after a long winter! But, a little bit of care this time of year will pay season long dividends in the health and appearance of your lawn.
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