Spring is here, and summer isn’t far behind! If you have a natural grass lawn, it’s important to make sure it is prepared for a long, dry summer. The winter months in California aren’t as tough on grass lawns as the winter months in the Midwest, but there are still some steps you’ll need to take to make sure your yard is prepared for spring and summer.
Here are a few of the steps you should be prepared to take as a homeowner with a natural grass lawn:
- Clean up the debris: Your first step each spring should always be to rake up any leaves, twigs and other debris that settled in your yard over the winter. Air blowers are also highly useful to have for this process. You don’t want the debris to get caught in your lawn mower and prevent lawn fertilization in Butte County, CA from being effective.
- Fertilizer: Speaking of fertilizer, this is one of the best things you can do to maintain a healthy green lawn all summer long. Early on in the spring, you should use a combination of fertilizer (to feed your grass) and pre-emergent (to prevent crabgrass), and then do the same things six to eight weeks later while also adding a broadleaf weed killer. If you let crabgrass come up in your yard, you’ll find that you’ll have to struggle with it all year long, so it’s best to get the fertilizing done early. You can find blended fertilizers and weed killers at your local garden or hardware store, and that cuts down on the amount of time it takes to apply those important substances.
- Mow: You’ll need to mow more frequently in the spring than you do at other times of the year, because the grass grows more quickly. If you let the grass grow too tall before you cut it, the roots will become stunted and they won’t reproduce properly. You should mow as often as every five days or so, depending on the weather. This will produce a fuller lawn throughout the year.
- Trim: Trim back your trees and bushes, and get rid of any dead branches you find. If you leave dead branches unaddressed, they can break off. Depending on where those branches are located, that could potentially result in some property damage.
- Mulch: You should wait to refresh your mulch until you’ve gotten your yard taken care of, but once you have done that, you can edge out your garden beds, trim back dead branches on the shrubs and put down fresh mulch to make your gardens look crisp and inviting. Hardwood bark mulches are a better option over ground-up wood chips, because they last longer and look better. Mulch is important for retaining moisture and for preventing most weeds from poking through.
These are just a few of the steps you should take to prepare your yard for spring. For more information about lawn fertilization in Butte County, CA, reach out to Hobbs Pest Solutions today.
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