One of the best ways to increase the curb appeal and enjoyment of your home is to improve the lawn and landscaping around it. Now is the time to start working on it. Here are a few things you need to do when winter is on its way out and spring is just around the corner.
Early care and repair
The first thing you’ll want to do before mowing for the first time is some cleaning and evaluation. After the soil dries a little, rake it. In addition to getting dead grass, leaves and tree debris, this will help you to identify problem areas. High and low spots will become apparent and can be addressed while the soil is still soft. It’s also a good time to address thatch, which is above ground roots common on many types of grass that can deny the soil water and sunlight. You can buy a rake made especially for this, but for large jobs, you may need to rent a dethatcher.
Seeding in the spring
Although most experts agree that fall is the best time to seed your lawn, if you want to plant warm weather grasses, spring is the best time. Warm weather grasses grow better in the southern states and in areas prone to drought conditions. A good rule of thumb is that if you live in the northern half of the continentalUnited States, you should plant cool weather grass, and the best time for that is in the fall. Some of the major types of warm weather grasses include Bahia, Bermuda, Centipede,St. Augustineand Zoysia.
If your lawn doesn’t need a lot of seeding, it is absolutely essential to get some fertilizer on it in the spring. There are dozens of commercial fertilizers available, however, avoid the weed and feed variety if you’ve just planted grass; the seedlings will not survive.
Plant some flowers
The type of flowers you plant depends as much on the climate and soil as much as your personal taste. For early spring, you’ll want to put out hardier species that can survive late season cold snaps and even snow. Adding splashes of color to the landscape brightens the exterior of the home. Early spring is also the time to think about the flowers you’ll be planting in late spring such as bulbs and perennials. One or two large pots or flower boxes announce the coming season. Fill them with pansies, violas and Johnny jump-ups, all of which can survive the cold temperatures of spring.
If you’re not sure exactly what you need to do, consult the experts. Spend an hour or so at a nursery. When it comes to grass, no one knows better than the greenskeeper at the golf course. Many landscapers will offer a free consultation, too.
Check back with us from time to time. We’ll be offering tips and advice for homeowners to help you maintain your landscaping, which will not only increase the curb appeal, it will increase the enjoyment of your home.