Hey you, it’s me … your lawn.
You remember all those good times we had last year? Well, I, for one, would like to take that magic green carpet ride all over again. We have new memories to make, new milestones to celebrate, new friends to make feel at home. But I’m not just going to snap back into game shape at the drop of a Phillies cap. I need some attention down here. I need some season groundskeeping. I need spring training.
It was a long winter, my friend, but it’s warming up out there. The grass is growing again. It’s game on for you and me.
Before you try to pull start your mower (it’s hidden back there behind the covered Weber grill) or dial up Wild Goose Landscaping, there’s a few things you can do to whip me back into shape and set me up for another winning season.
Work out the kinks
Does that hose in your shed look more like a shed snake skin? Start the season with the right tools, and first up is quality garden hose. You’ll be leaving it outside so spring for one that resists UV damage and brass couplings with rubber washers that will screw on spigots easily and keep their hold. And don’t buy the short hose because it’s a few bucks cheaper, that heroic water carrying rubber funnel needs to reach all of your flower beds and cover that whole beautiful lawn.
You got the new hose and the spigots are ready to charge, but take a nice walk before you start drenching everything that grows underfoot. Your roots are what grow first, so when the ground is a little dry they’ll dig deep into the soil and set themselves up to weather whatever weather is on the horizon. So you don’t want to water too soon, but to everything a season. Take a walk around your property and step firmly on the grass. If the grass doesn’t spring back to attention, it’s time to let the water flow.
Fill in the Gaps
You know who loves to party in my bare spots? Weeds! They’re the next ones to arrive if you don’t make a plan to pack those spots with new grass seed or sod patches. Pull them weeds out before you get started and looses the surface of the soil with a hoe or rake. Get the party started right. For seeds, cover those bad boys up with some fresh soil and tamp it down. If you’re going the sod route, press it down nice and firm. Good soil contact makes for good growing. Now go get that cool new hose and water those spots, keeping them moist but not saturated.
Seize the Weed
Since you’re already yanking weeds from the bare spots, or former bare spots (because you’re sowing new seeds or laying sod, right?), keep going. Grub them dandelions throughout your yard. Pull that chickweed. If there’s too much ground to cover using just elbow grease, look into an organic herbicide, and use only where weeds seem to be an issue. A healthy lawn like me will resist those pesky weeds, but a few party crashers manage to make an appearance.
Now we’re ready for the season. Watch me grow! OK, don’t just watch me grow, take your mower in for a tune-up or call Wild Goose Landscaping and let them do the dirty work this season. You and I can enjoy our weekends together.