Planning for Spring Lawncare: What You Can Be Doing Now
It may not exactly feel like it right now, but spring is on its way and you need to start planning what to do with your lawn. Having a plan in place as you move into the warmer months will make it easier to manage your Andover lawncare. Check out these tips to get going on as winter loosens its grip on New England.
Even though you likely haven’t put away the shovels yet, get out the rakes and get to work. As long as there’s no snow on the ground, you can perform this task. With any luck, you raked last fall before the first snow fell. Now, it’s time to get up all the leaves and debris you missed back then. Spring raking is imperative when it comes to controlling the buildup of thatch. Take a look and see if you notice any clumped areas of grass blades that are stuck together, which is caused by snow mold. If you did a good job of raking in the fall, the spring raking won’t be as time consuming.
This isn’t typically done in spring, but if you notice certain areas of compaction (the soil is dense and roots aren’t taking hold), you’ll want to aerate those particular areas.
In order to control the pH balance of your lawn and keep the acidity levels low, it’s necessary to add lime to the lawn. Don’t do too much at once; rather, it’s best to add a little over a longer period of time which will better balance the pH. Make sure your Andover lawncare professional is checking your soil every year and sending a sample to your county agriculture extension. Put too much lime on your lawn and it will have high alkalinity. You can get this lime from an agricultural lime supplier in your area.
Do Some Weeding
Ah weeds. You can’t stop them, and it’s hard to even keep up with them, but try you must. Use a pre-emergent herbicide before you see weeds sprout up, great for the beginning of spring. These pre-emergents keep seeds from germinating, providing even more of a barrier against weed growth. But because pre-emergents can harm your lawn in many ways, it’s best to use them around shrubs or trees — basically, places where you want no grass growth at all. The most common types of weed killers are called post-emergents, which are pretty powerful and can do some real damage to your lawn. These are best reserved for those pesky dandelions that grow along your driveway or sidewalk. You can also pull weeds manually, which can be effective if you get the whole root out. If you don’t, you might as well not even try.
Contact T&B Landscape and Irrigation
It’s time to prepare for spring, and we are your trusted Andover lawn care company to do it! Contact us today at (978) 296-5290. We have many convenient appointments slots to choose from.