From Arlington to Washington D.C., We have some of the most beautiful parks and green spaces in the country to inspire us. But trying to keep up with your yard and all the other things that are going on in your life is hard work. At NuLeaf, we know how much work goes into your yard and spring is one of the busiest times of the year. To help you get started, we have made a list of some important lawn care chores.
Test Your Soil pH
Most people think they can just buy fertilizer and throw it on their lawn and they’re good. They’re wrong. Fertilizes are not all the same, they contain specific nutrients for specific types of plants and soils. It is highly recommended that you get a soil test before you apply fertilizer. Soil test kits can be bought at your local hardware store or performed by a professional. Soil tests can tell you exactly what is in your soil and what your soil is lacking. Soils that are too acidic or alkaline make it difficult for plants to take up nutrients, but you won’t know this unless you get a soil test. Once you have performed a soil test you can now see what types of plants will do best in your yard.
Kill Weeds Early
At the end of last year, weeds in your yard dropped thousands of seeds across your yard. Those seeds are waiting for the spring warmth to return so they can germinate. Spring is a time for a fresh start when it comes to fighting weeds. The actions you take now will affect your lawn for the rest of the year. The majority of weeds in your yard stem from the first generation in the spring. If you eliminate these weeds then you will drastically decrease the number of weeds you will see in your yard in the summer and fall.
Pre-emergent herbicides can help you win the war on weeds. Depending on the type used, pre-emergents can inhibit root growth, stop cell division, and block certain enzymes essential for plant growth.
Spring Clean-Up Around the Lawn
Keeping the lawn clean is an easy way to benefit your lawn. Lawn debris piles up throughout the winter. Whether it’s leftover leaves from the fall or broken branches from the winter winds, lawn debris is a problem. It creates the perfect environment for lawn diseases and fungi. It also creates a great hiding place for insects and pests.
Once you have removed all the debris, go over the lawn with a loose rake to loosen up any excess thatch. Raking the lawn gives the grass easier access to air, which will allow it to dry out quickly and better avoid lawn diseases and fungi.
Prune Fruit and Flowering Trees
Now is the perfect time to trim any fruit trees that you didn’t have time to prune in the winter. Prune before buds begin to break to avoid stressing the tree. It is also a good time to prune summer-blooming trees and shrubs.
Mosquitoes are a pest that is all too common to our neck of the woods. The Potomac and surrounding wetlands are prime habitats for these bloodsuckers. But mosquitoes are more than annoying or else they wouldn’t be on this list. Mosquitoes can also carry deadly diseases such as Zika and Dengue fever. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to eliminate mosquitoes once you understand where and how they breed. Female mosquitoes require still, stagnant water to lay their eggs. Pretty much anything in your yard could be a candidate for a mosquito nursery including flower pots, barrels, tires, toys, lawn furniture, ditches, pools, ponds, fountains, gutters, and birdbaths. By eliminating these potential breeding areas you will reduce the number of mosquito bites you will receive this year.
Get Professional Lawn Care From NuLeaf
There is a lot to be done throughout the year to ensure your yard looks its best. The professionals at NuLeaf are trained to do just that. If you want a yard that looks better than anything you’ve ever seen before then we are the lawn care company for you. Our lawn care program will put you at ease and prove to you that your yard is in good hands. For the best way to prevent your trees from becoming infested with pesky insects and to sustain their health, you want our tree and shrub care program. Visit our website for more information on both programs. Or call us today at 703-989-9405 or contact us on our site. Don’t forget to check out our blog for more helpful tips on lawn care.