Caring for the lawn is something most homeowners view as a chore. While it’s not something many people enjoy doing, the effort pays off, especially if you’re looking to sell your home. A well-maintained lawn almost always garners a 100 percent return on investment, so it pays to put the effort in to keep it looking its best. After all, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking across a lush, soft lawn in your bare feet, right?
Whether you’re selling your home, or you just want to enjoy a great-looking lawn yourself, the following tips will help keep your lawn lush and green from spring to fall.
A vital part of caring for your lawn is making sure the equipment and tools you use are maintained properly as well. Your lawnmower, for example, needs regular maintenance in order to perform well. To ensure your mower works properly, in early spring you need to:
- Sharpen the blades – dull mower blades tear the grass, leaving it susceptible to discoloration and pathogens
- Give the mower a tune-up – change the spark plug, air filter, and oil
- Buy fresh gas – old gas can harm small engines
- Clear the lawn of debris – pick up sticks, dead leaves, and any other debris that can hinder your lawn care efforts
Depending on the weather where you live, you may need to begin cutting your grass in spring. Be sure to only cut it, however, when it is dry as cutting wet grass can spread diseases.
Spring is the perfect time to apply fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicides to prevent crabgrass, and it’s a great time to aerate the lawn, too.
Grubs can be a problem in early summer as they feed on the roots of your lawn. Now is the time to apply an insecticide to get rid of these pests if they become a problem.
You are likely cutting your grass more than once a week to keep up with growth. Be sure to clean the deck of your lawn mower out after each cutting to avoid spreading diseases and to ensure a sharp cut.
If Mother Nature isn’t delivering enough rain to adequately drench your lawn, turn sprinklers on periodically. A healthy lawn needs about an inch of moisture a week.
Once the hot days of summer give way to cooler weather, it’s a good time to patch any bare spots in your lawn. Remove any dead grass and work compost into the soil. Spread a grass seed designed for the amount of sun exposure in the area and cover with grass clippings. Be sure to water as directed.
If you live in the northern part of the country, fall is the right time for fertilizing your lawn as the roots will store the energy for use in the spring.
A great-looking, healthy lawn does more than up your home’s curb appeal. It also increases its value. To keep your lawn in tip-top shape, follow the seasonal guide above.