Lawn Care

Prepping and Cleaning your Lawn for Spring

If you want your yard to look green and beautiful in the summer and early fall, taking care of it in the spring is of the utmost importance. Spring is probably the most important season to perform maintenance on your lawn. If you don’t want your lawn overtaken by weeds, stressed out by heat, or looking drab during the summer, following these easy spring cleaning tips will make you a happy homeowner.

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Trim Trees and Shrubs

Winter can take its toll on trees and shrubs. In the beginning of spring, all the branches on a tree or bush look pretty much the same, but as they start to blossom, you can see which will produce leaves and flourish and which didn’t make it through the winter. Take the time to trim dead branches from your trees and shrubs, or you’ll just have more debris to clean up later!

Removing Debris from the Winter

The first thing you need to do is remove any debris that has accumulated over the winter months. When it gets warm enough, it’s time to bust out the rake and go to work! Removing any debris and raking your yard will encourage airflow and will help break up snow mold. New grass blades will begin to emerge right away after you’re done raking.

Remember not to rake too hard, otherwise, you may harm your grass. In the spring, your yard will likely be wet more often than not. Hard raking will compromise the root structure of your lawn. Using a plastic rake is a good way to prevent damage. There are many types to choose from. Another way to prevent damage to your yard while removing debris is to use a leaf blower.

Here at Supreme Lawn & Landscaping, we use power raking to go over the turf in your entire yard, which pulls the dead grass and debris up and helps your lawn. After pulling the dead grass and debris out of your turf, we clean it all up and proceed with our clean-up, which includes blowing leaves and debris out from around your home, rock beds, mulch beds, and shrubs.

Aeration

There are many benefits to core aeration. It’s is the best way to get your grass breathing after the long winter. Using a core aerator allows water and air to reach your roots faster, which will result in growth and increased development. It’s important to note that you should aerate when it’s between 55 and 60 degrees. Just like with pre-emergent crabgrass control, weed seeds and roots begin to flourish when it’s above 65 degrees.

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Preventing Summer Weeds

The next step you should take is to apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control. Application time is critical. Generally, plan to apply it when the weather stays around 55 to 60 degrees. When it warms up with temperatures above 65 degrees, weeds begin to emerge and a pre-emergent will no longer be effective. Crabgrass is very difficult to get rid of once temperatures have gotten warm enough.

 

Once your lawn is cleaned of debris, aerated, and prepped to prevent weeds, you can start concentrating on things like getting ready to plant flowers or veggies, cleaning pathways, and starting a compost pile.

If you’re not able to do your own spring cleanup, be sure to give Supreme Lawn and Landscaping a call. We provide tree and shrub trimming, edging, fertilization and general spring cleanup services. Give us a call at 320-251-1739. We can help your lawn look supremely beautiful.

 

Steps to Take to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring

It is never too early to start thinking about getting your lawn ready for spring. One of the most invigorating senses is when the lush green grass returns after a long, slushy winter. Make your lawn the absolute best this year by trying some of these steps to ensure your grass is healthy!

Prepare Dead Spots for Seeding

The winter conditions can damage parts of your lawn from severe freezing, being scrapped by plows, or being killed by road salt. Remove dead grass and rake compost into the affected area to create nutrient-rich soil that will be ready to grow new grass. According to This Old House, spring grass seeding can begin as early as March in warmer climates and April in colder climates.

Distribute Pre-Emergent Weed Control

Spring is the best time for preventing weeds in your lawn. Administering weed killer that is specially designed to stop weeds before they germinate can be done in early spring. You can learn more about pre-emergent herbicide here.

Rake Dead Foliage

Your lawn will likely be littered with dead leaves after a long winter. Reader's Digest explains, “Last year’s leaves will make great compost, but not if they keep the grass from absorbing sunlight.” Raking your lawn or using a dethatcher on your mower will remove the built up foliage and allow new growth to sprout. But be careful, Today's Homeowner warns, “Avoid heavy yard work in the spring until the soil dries out – foot traffic and hard raking can compact or disturb soggy soil and damage tender, new grass shoots.” Once the soil is dry, give your lawn a thorough cleaning and encourage growth!

 

Whenever you need help with your lawn, you can count on Supreme Lawn and Landscaping to save the day. We want your lawn to look its absolute best this year! By reseeding dead spots, removing deteriorating foliage, and distributing weed control, you can prepare your lawn for new spring growth!