Many homeowners underestimate the importance of landscaping. In fact, 60% of potential home buyers believe that a well landscaped yard influences their home buying decisions. And while many if not most homeowners tend to wait until spring to get started on landscaping essentials like lawn care, there are many steps you can take prior to spring to ensure that your lawn and garden are adequately prepared for the growing season. Here are just a few tips to help you prepare your lawn and garden for spring.
Clean It Up
First and foremost, you'll want to make sure your lawn is clear of leaves and twigs that may remain from last fall. A rake is a suitable tool to get this job done, but leaf blowers tend to be quicker and more effective. It's also relatively easy for debris to get stuck in your mower, so it's best to take care of your lawn and mower by investing in a leaf blower to get the job done. Of course, you can also seek out professional lawn repair services for the best results.
Mow Early (And Often)
Many homeowners make the mistake of mowing their lawns just once per week in the spring. However, letting your grass grow too tall before cutting it can actually stunt the roots and cause improper growth in the future. Experts say you should actually mow your lawn about once every five days in the spring, depending on the weather, to make sure your lawn grows in thick and full.
Apply Fertilizers Early
Finally, it's important to use any fertilizers, pre-emergents and weed killers early on in the spring season. While fertilizers feed your grass, pre-emergents work as an herbicide to prevent crabgrass. Six to eight weeks after the initial applications, give your lawn another application of both these products in addition to a broadleaf weed killer. Being proactive about the emergence of crabgrass can help you avoid it all season long. If not, it can easily surface and become tedious to get rid of.
Ultimately, using these tips can help you prepare your lawn for another healthy growing season. Don't hesitate to reach out to landscaping contractors to help you with any and all lawn care services you may need. For more information about contractors and landscaping services in Wilmington Delaware, contact Borsello Landscaping.