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8 Ways to Prepare Your Lawn

8 Ways to Prepare Your Lawn

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April 12, 2010

After a long autumn and even longer winter, your yard might be looking a little rough. At the first signs of spring, it's time to jump into a few quick tricks that can make lawn maintenance easier throughout late spring and summer.

8 Ways to Prepare Your Lawn

Some of these tips are obvious, but some might surprise you. Without further ado, the lawn lowdown:

  1. Clean it up! During the winter, branches break under the weight of ice, late autumn leaves get compacted under snow, and winter winds blow debris from here to there. At the first sign of warmth, go outside with a trash bag and do a thorough sweep of your lawn. It will save you a lot of hassle when it's time to pull out that mower for the first run of the season!
  2. Prune back the branches. With a good pair of pruning scissors, cut back dead ends of shrubs, look for broken or damaged branches, and use only hand trimmers for that first seasonal trimming job. This prevents a thick outer layer of growth and keeps your hedges ready for the benefits of spring.
  3. Let plants breathe. Over the winter, leaves and lawn debris can become caught around plants and shrubs. Clean out the areas between plants with a small rake. This is also a good time to pull out the mulch to make way for the new.
  4. Divide perennials. Dig up the perennials and divide the bulbs, leaving at least three stems on each new section. Transplant them to areas where more coverage is needed.
  5. Compost like crazy. All those leaves, twigs, and even last year's mulch are a good starter for your compost. Keep the compost pile moist, aerate it with a pitchfork every few weeks, and start getting excited about your summer garden!
  6. Neaten up the landscape. Reset those patio stones that were upset during the winter, thoroughly brush cobblestone walkways, and inspect the deck to make sure all the boards are sturdy and undamaged.
  7. Prepare your lawn for seeding. As the grass begins to grow again, look for areas of your lawn that need serious help. Turn over the soil in any areas that are sparse to prepare the area for seeding.
  8. Paint those boards! Look at fences, trellises, carports, and other areas that might have rotted wood or fading paint. A fresh coat of exterior paint works wonders for the appearance of these essential lawn fixtures.

Are you ready for summertime? Now your lawn is, too!

About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.
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