Now that winter has shed its snowy grasp on the Pittsburgh area, it’s time to turn your attention to the outdoors—namely, your lawn and property. Even a relatively mild winter like the one we just experienced can still cause problems for your lawn. Less-than-green grass and patches of dirt where grass should be growing can be caused by issues that weren’t resolved in the fall or were triggered by the cold and moisture of winter.
Take These Steps in the Spring for a Beautiful Summer Lawn
Dream Greener offers the following lawn maintenance tips that are especially targeted to people living in the Pittsburgh area.
- Aerate Your Yard in the Spring. Many people think that fall is the proper time to aerate. While the fall is most definitely a good time, you can also aerate in the spring between March and May for a helpful twice-a-year treatment. You should also consider aerating in the spring if it wasn’t done in the fall. A yard that isn’t regularly aerated can lead to highly compacted soil, which means that the rain that’s sure to fall in the spring will puddle on top of your grass. Aeration improves the drainage in your yard, reducing soil compaction and allowing the rain and nutrients to enter the ground, which leads to growth and a denser lawn.
- Don’t Pass Up Spring Clean ups and Overall Maintenance. Cold, moisture and snow affect the look and health of your lawn. So does debris caused by falling twigs and tree branches during snow or wind storms. Plus, the leaves that weren’t picked up in the fall have now blown into your yard, choking out your plants and diminishing curb appeal. They should be raked up once the snow has melted.
- Fertilize Your Lawn and Apply Weed Control. Some light fertilizing treatments are appropriate to ensure that winter lawn problems don’t become larger problems in the spring and summer. Spring fertilization can ensure that your lawn is getting the nutrients it needs following the winter. Fertilizing also repairs grass and plants affected by snow mold and road salt. Finally, using pre-emergent weed and crabgrass control will prevent unsightly annoyances so common in the summer.
- Start Edging and Mulching Before It’s Hot. The minerals that have leached out of your soil during the fall and winter can be replenished with an appropriate selection of mulch placed around your plants and trees. Additionally, as soon as the days turn warm, the right mulch will help your plantings retain moisture. Edging should also be completed in the spring to prevent mulch from being disturbed or from eroding.
Revive the beauty of your lawn with care and maintenance from Dream Greener’s reliable, scheduled, multi-season service.
Please call us at 412-835-1035 to find out how we can save you headaches and backaches and increase the beauty and the value of your property. Let us do the work while you enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, well-maintained property.