How to Prep Your Yard for Spring
It’s time to start planning for the arrival of the much-anticipated spring—and begin preparing your yard for all those barbecues you have lined up this year! You’ve made some resolutions about getting those outdoor tasks done and are looking forward to spending some quality time with your friends and family, but you’re wondering where to begin…
The lawn specialists of Canada’s Gardenland recommend these practices for a healthy, flourishing yard:
Before you get to any real work, you’ll have to clear away the remnants from winter and fall. This will include dead leaves, grass, pinecones, litter, and if you have a dog, their “excrements”. Don’t know what to do with all of this? The good news is you can compost the dead leaves, grass, and pinecones (if you shred them), as well as recycle some of the litter. As for disposing of the dog’s waste, that’ll have to go into the trash since it contains pathogens and can’t be composted.
If it so happens that someone else’s dog left you a gift, then you can use a dog repellant that won’t harm them, but will leave you with a clean lawn from now on. Unfortunately, there isn’t such thing as a “litter repellant” since the wind can be responsible for bringing the garbage to your lawn.
Think of taking care of your lawn as you would your hair: you wash it to make it clean; you brush it to remove foreign objects and knots; and you cut it so old hair can grow better. It’s the same thing with raking your lawn. For one thing, raking is a good way to prevent thatch build-up. Lawn thatch is an assortment of thick beige stems, roots, stolons, and rhizomes that haven’t decomposed. If left alone, they can stop your grass from draining properly and filtering air. It will become a breeding ground for insects and disease. Most importantly, lawn thatch can prevent you from mowing the lawn, and despite what your partner might say, that’s not a good thing.
To ensure that your lush green grass from last year returns, fertilizing will give your lawn nutrients for it to regain its strength and be healthy overall. You can spread the fertilizer before or after it rains—mind you, it will have to have been a light rain. If the forecast doesn’t call for it, you can water the grass yourself, but remember to wait two days before putting the fertilizer; the grass needs time to absorb the water. It will also need another sprinkling after you’ve put down the fertilizer.
Now that the exterior of your home is ready for spring, you can start planning how you want it designed this year! What lighting do you want around the patio and pool areas? Which flowers should you put along the walkway to get your neighbours talking?
It’s questions like these the landscape artists of Canada’s Gardenland can answer!
By combining our artistic landscaping skills and applied lawn science, we design and create your paradise while working closely with you. Canada’s Gardenland strives to find a solution that ensures compatibility between your ideas and your lawn’s needs. We cater to homeowners and businesses in the vast GTA, so if you want to know more about our services go to our website or give us a call today!