Summer was made for enjoying your lawn. The days are long, making them the perfect time to invite neighbors over for lemonade and barbecue after work. But if the grass always seems to be greener on the other side of your fence, you may be in need of help with residential landscaping. Beautiful lawns are made, not born, and they sometimes need professional help and plenty of landscaping supplies. But you can do quite a bit for your lawn on your own before it's time to get the grill and deck chairs out.
Rake regularly to remove dead leaves and dead grass, known as thatch. These prevent air, water, and nutrients from getting to what would be healthy, growing grass. Dead leaves and thatch can be composted, although dead leaves will compost more readily.
Examine your lawn for signs of compacted earth. Your lawn may need to be aerated, a process by which you pull small plugs of earth out, allowing air and water to penetrate more deeply. If you see a clear path of compacted earth, your landscape design should include a paved path to protect the beauty of your lawn. If your lawn does need aeration, have this done before the first frost. Lawn aeration requires specialized tools, and a residential landscaping company would be glad to arrange this for you.
Avoid using rock salt as an ice melter. Choose ice melters that are not toxic to plants, such as magnesium chloride. Alternately, you may use sand or kitty litter for traction.
As the last snows melt, examine your lawn for tree branches and other debris that need to be removed.
Plan for spring planting so that you're ready for the final frost dates. Many spring blooms require planting before the last frost, and choosing plants according to hardiness zone will make for more successful growing seasons.
Rake again to remove thatch.
Check for signs of weeds. Identify any weeds and choose a removal strategy that won't harm the plants you wish to keep.
Trim dead branches from shrubs. Consult a residential landscaping company for your tree trimming needs.
Caring for your lawn year-round will save you time in the spring and help make the landscape design plans of your dreams a reality. Tending to a few essential tasks in each season will help you keep your lawn ready for its close-up. Care for your lawn before school is out for summer, and your lawn will love you back. The grass will be greener on your side of the fence at last.