In Georgia we are blessed with great weather most of the year which means we have to put more time and effort into our yards, especially in the spring. This is the time of the year when we prepare our yards and gardens for the season. But where do you even start? Here’s a list of a few spring lawn care tips to get you started on.
Just like any other project, you have to first prepare your workspace. In your case, your workspace is your yard. Depending on the size of your yard, this could be an easy task or a daunting one. Let’s go over the basics to get your yard prepared for spring.
Pick Up Debris: This includes leaves, twigs, and other things that have accumulated on your grass.
Weed Prevention: Using pre-emergent herbicides in the spring can drastically reduce the number of weeds that pop up during the year.
Fertilize: Keeping your grass green and healthy is key to keeping the spring weeds out.
Isn’t the point of doing all this yard work to show it off to your friends, family, and neighbors? Choosing attractive, Georgia plants to draw the eye is an art and, like all art, must be done carefully. There many trees and shrubs out there, but you want something different, something that stands out from the usual maple or oak tree that everyone has. Try something that blooms bright in the spring but also adds some color in the fall, or something that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. There are even trees, such as crabapples, that have something to offer every part of the year, even during winter. Some crabapples hang onto their fruit in winter, attracting a variety of birds for you to enjoy from your window.
If you are a new homeowner or trying to establish a new lawn, then you should know which grass types do best in your area. The state of Georgia has a wide range of temperatures making our state great for many types of grass. In the north, cool-season grasses do better and in the southern part of the state warm-season grasses do the best. If you live in the center of the state, then you live in the transition zone, which means cool and warm-season grasses do well here.
To put it simply, aeration is the process of using a machine to pull up hundreds of small plugs from your yard to bring nutrients, water, and oxygen to the roots of your grass. Compacted soil is the culprit behind many lawn problems and aeration can alleviate them.
No More Pooling Water: Compacted soil will cause water to run-off when you irrigate or when it rains. The water will collect in a low part of your yard, unable to be absorbed into the ground due to compacted soil.
Get Rid of Thatch: Thatch buildup can contribute to and exacerbate compacted soil problems. If thatch is thick enough, it acts like a woven barrier that can prevent water from penetrating. A good indicator that you have too much thatch is spongy grass. When you aerate your lawn, a machine punches right through the thatch and loosens it up.
Lush Green Grass: After a lawn is aerated you will see a visible boost in appearance from your yard. This is because your grass now has more room to grow and can access fertilizer, water, and air.