Spring lawn care is a lot less time intensive than lawn care during autumn. If you properly prepared your grass in late fall, there should be very little for you to do in springtime.
Most importantly, your landscape should have plenty of opportunity to gently come back to life during the spring months. Properly done, the sun and soil will do most of the work for you.
The best time to prep your grass is in the late fall just before it goes dormant for the winter. If you treated your grass properly during the fall, it has had all winter to germinate and prepare itself to grow vigorously as soon as the temperatures begin to rise. If you didn’t take proper care of your lawn in the fall, however, you will have more work to do when spring arrives.
There are times you don’t have any control over how the grass was treated the previous fall. Therefore it is best to treat your lawn as if it received no winter preparation at all.
Sure you want to get out the garden tools and attack your yard just as soon as possible once the warm weather arrives. But be patient. Let your grass wake itself up gradually. If you spend too much time on your lawn before it is fully green, you run the risk of compacting the grass or killing new shoots before they have a chance to mature. Wait until your lawn has turned mostly green before you begin mowing or aerating in the spring.
Remember, at Oakland Hardware, our staff is quite knowledegable when it comes to caring for your landscape. Sure everyone wants to have the best grass on the block. Well, we can help you get there!
Fall landscaping is kind of a celebration, a rite of the harvest and a great time to be active in the yard. But it also means that there’s a lot of work to be done. Mostly there are tasks that will prepare your yard for winter — and for the following spring.
Overseeding your lawn is one idea for fall depending on the condition of your current lawn. It means sowing seed over existing grass, in order to fill in the bare patches. Therefore, such a sowing makes sense only if the existing grass is healthy enough and abundant enough to be worth keeping. But if you have only 50% coverage, then you need to tear up the old lawn and start a new lawn from seed.
When all the plants in fall vegetable gardens and annual flower gardens have been harvested or are dead, fall is a good time for garden mulching. But prior to mulching gardens, take the following steps: 1. Remove debris and if the debris is disease-free, you should compost it; 2. Remove the weeds; 3. Rototilling the soil and mix in some lime.
Another important task during autumn is raking leaves. The question is: when should you rake leaves? The general consensus is that leaving leaves on the lawn for more than three or four days is not a good idea. But there are other factors that must be taken into account. How thick is the layer of leaves? Have the leaves been matted down by rain? The thicker the layer and/or the wetter the leaves, the sooner you should rake or otherwise remove them.
Fall is a great time to plant your spring bulbs but don’t wait to late autumn. If you look forward to spring flowers like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, fall is the time to plant them. In our area, the best time to plant is September and October.
We’re often asked when is the best time to plant trees? In general, the best time for planting trees is late winter or early spring. If that doesn’t fit your schedule, then aim for autumn (late September and October). Summer’s a bad choice, because the weather’s too hot and the actively growing plants too susceptible to damage.