Basic Lawn Maintenance

During the spring and summer, your lawn requires some extra maintenance. You need to begin with an evaluation of your grass, trees, shrubs, hedges, flowers and plants. Once you have determined that everything is healthy (consult with a yard specialist from a commercial greenhouse if any items need attention) you need to ensure that you take care of it and uphold the condition of your yard.
Here’s how to get started.

Analyze Your Grass
Look for weeds, brown spots and any areas with white rings that could indicate a fungal infection in your soil that is severely impacting the grass. Complete this step before you add any new plants to your yard so that plants have an optimal growing environment.

Take Care of Your Grass
Your grass is the base of your yard and to keep it healthy you need to start each spring with the application of a natural fertilizer. You should seriously consider buying organic and avoid manufactured, chemical fertilizers.
In terms of maintenance, you should water your lawn three times per week and use a rain gauge to measure 1-1 ½” of water. This will ensure your yard isn’t over-watered. You should also avoid watering your lawn in the middle of the afternoon when the sun is at its greatest strength. Water your lawn in the evening when the sun won’t scorch it. When cutting your lawn, don’t take the grass down too short. Mow your grass once per week and never take it down to more than 1/3 of the blade height.

Trees, Shrubs, and Hedges
Prune your trees, shrubs and hedges. Call in a tree trimming service if you have branches touching your roof or growing too far over the fence into the neighbour’s yard. Check your trees for holes and disease; ensure that your trees, shrubs and hedges are healthy and free of pests. These can spread quickly throughout a tree or bush, causing a lot of expensive problems.

Flowers and Plants
You need to weed your flower beds and ensure they are free from bug and fungal infestations. In the spring, you may need to start more delicate flowers and plants inside and then place them in your yard when the weather permits. When you transfer your flowers and plants, ensure you place them far enough apart to avoid the crowding of roots.
To have a great-looking lawn you need to take the time to analyze the condition of your grass, trees, shrubs, flowers and plants in the spring. You should also ensure that you follow the best practices for taking care of your lawn and plants throughout the growing season. With the tips presented here you can have a spectacular yard to enjoy all summer long.