8 Ways to Prepare Your Lawn
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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