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Landscaping Your Lawn:
How To Prep Your Yard
For Summer

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After a long season of cold temperatures, it’s important to prep your lawn in the spring. Taking care of your lawn early will result in a healthy, green summer lawn that is resilient to pests, weeds, and sun. Here are some tips to give your yard some extra care and prep it for the summer:

Mow

The key to mowing your lawn in the early spring is to regularly cut it as high as possible. To do this, Popular Mechanics suggests setting your lawn mower to the highest setting, or one notch down. It is ideal to keep the grass at the same height during these months, cutting it every week or so. Remember that mowing the lawn too short will weaken the grass blades and increase the risk of weed growth. Check to make sure that your lawnmower does not have chipped or dull blades.

Aerate

Spring is the best time to aerate your lawn, and it is essential in promoting a healthy root system. Aeration helps your lawn survive summer’s hot temps and sweltering sunlight by allowing it to breath. It also allows quicker penetration of nutrients and water, keeping your lawn healthy all year long.

Feed

Choose a fertilizer or granular feed that will feed your lawn with a good amount of nutrients to ensure that it will grow green and healthy. Apply it over your entire lawn with a lawn spreader if you have one. Feeding your lawn will ensure that it can compete with stress from harsh summer conditions and weeds

Overseed

According to Pennington, the secret to a lush lawn is to overseed it. Overseeding results in a competitive lawn that is like new. Older lawns tend to have bald patches because of a slow reproduction rate, and overseeding greatly helps with this problem. As soon as the weather gets warmer, overseed your lawn and new grass will begin to grow in a few weeks. It is also a good idea to add fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen for healthy growth.

Prune Trees and Shrubs

Pests such as mice, spiders, and termites love dead undergrowth on trees and shrubs because they make great nests for the summer. Avoid giving a home to these critters with our comprehensive tree and shrub maintenance services. You may even want to start looking into places like Sherman Oaks Tree Service just to make sure that your trees and plants look as nice as possible for the new season.

Taking care of your lawn can be a lot of work. However, it is well worth your time. Just be sure to budget out and plan exactly what you want to do. That way you can make sure that you have enough money to create the yard of your dreams.