A healthy lawn will improve the look of your home and create a more enjoyable outdoor space. The key to a lush and thick lawn is proper maintenance in the spring, summer and fall. Here are some tips on season to season lawn maintenance.
Like most maintenance jobs, getting an early start to your lawn care will help things go smoother the rest of the year and yield better results. As soon as the snow melts and ground thaws, you should be thinking about your lawn care. Early spring is a good time to make sure your equipment is in good working order. Having your lawn mower tuned up, buying fresh gas and sharpening your mower blades will prepare you for the tasks ahead.
The first thing you should do is clean up your lawn. Rake away leaves, remove sticks and other debris that has accumulated over the winter or that was left behind in the fall. Once your lawn is free of debris it’s time to get to work de-thatching, fertilizing, seeding and aerating so your lawn will be able to absorb water and nutrients and begin to grow. Want to save yourself the work and effort? All of these jobs are services offered by lawn care and maintenance companies in Edmonton.
As the weather gets warmer your grass will really start to grow! You might have to cut your grass more than once a week to keep up with it. Make sure that your not cutting your grass shorter than about 3 inches and if you’re having issues with weed growth, consider applying herbicide to trouble areas. If it isn’t raining often, watering your lawn will help it grow lush and thick.
Summer is also a great time to consider enhancing your outdoor living space. Landscapers in Edmonton can help you design and build the backyard of your dreams. Incorporate features like garden areas, patios and pathways to create a relaxing and functional outdoor space.
Since the hot, dry days of summer are becoming cooler, fall is a good time to patch up thin or bare spots on your lawn. You can do this by removing the dead areas, adding new compost to the soil and adding grass seed that’s designed for sun or shade, depending on the area of your yard you’re planting in. Sprinkle grass clippings over the patch to prevent the soil from drying out.
Fall is also the best time to rake up fallen leaves, twigs and debris before the snow flies. Use a mulching mower to break up the leaves and use them to create compost. You can also prune your hedges, consider mulching and bedding trees and shrubs. Getting ready for winter includes aerating your lawn again, pre-fertilizing shrubs and trees and planting bulbs for flowers in the spring.
Okay, so there isn’t much you can do to help your lawn in the winter in Edmonton. It will be covered with snow! With the snow comes a long winter of shoveling the driveway and walkways. Thankfully, many landscapers and lawn care companies offer snow removal in the winter months. Let them do that hard work so you can relax and stay warm and cozy in your home until spring arrives again.