Spring Cleaning Guide for Your Lawn

When you’re done spring cleaning your home, give a thought to spring cleaning your lawn. It’s the first thing that people see as they drive up to your home, and it should reflect the pride you take in the inside of your living space. Spring cleaning your lawn can be a big chore, but our guide will make it a breeze. 

Tools

Some necessary tools to help you get the most out of your spring cleaning efforts are:

Pruning Clippers – A must have, your pruning clippers can trim bushes, or cut flowers. Owning a good, sharp pair of pruners is necessary for your lawn care. 

Water Timer – How many times have you left the hose running, while you went indoors for just a minute, then forgot all about it? We’ve all done that. It’s something that’s easy to forget. Using a water timer will ensure that you’re not wasting water. There are many models of water timers on the market from basic ones, to Bluetooth enabled, to suit your budget. 

Sprinkler – Your lawn needs to be watered, and your sprinkler gets the job done. You can get oscillating sprinklers, ones with timers or without. Even if you don’t need a sprinkler all year round, you do need one when you’re putting down new grass seed. 

Hose and Nozzles – Cheaper hoses rarely last longer than a year, so if you’re in the market for a new one, buy something of good quality. A more expensive hose with different nozzle attachments, that won’t leak, will save you water, and money.

Lawn Care

A lush, green lawn will be your pride and joy. Now that you have the pruning and water taken care of, let’s look at what you need to perfect your lawn. 

Soil Additives

Your lawn needs food, and adding nutrients to it is critical. As the grass grows, it requires different nutrients from the soil, and fertilizer alone will not do the trick. An extremely effective soil additive is biochar, which helps beneficial microbes grow in the lawn.

Fertilizer

A fertilizer is important to make your lawn green, which is one of the reasons for it being so popular. However, a lot of fertilizers lack organic compounds which your grass requires to properly grow. If you can budget for an organic lawn fertilizer, do so. You’ll see the difference in your yard. 

Grass Seed 

The other thing needed to make your lawn gorgeously green, is grass seed. Seeding is best done in fall, and early spring. Spread the seed on any bald or thin spots on the lawn. This is not the item to buy on the cheap, you want good quality seed. And make sure you’re buying the right seed for the climate you’re in. 

Bulbs 

Now that you’ve started on getting your lawn in the best shape it can be in, you can boost its look by adding bulbs. Bulbs are very affordable, and very effective at enhancing your lawn. Dozens of bulbs are sold for just a few dollars, and some popular varieties are tulips, daffodils and crocuses. They are easy to plant, and almost all of them will bloom, giving your lawn the perfect touch. 

 

How to Maintain Your Lawn in a Drought

Are you in a drought and wondering if your plants will live through the summer? Whether it’s a drought, or water shortages due to water restrictions, they can really take a toll on your lawn. However, maintaining a healthy, green lawn doesn’t have to be very difficult, or very expensive. There are ways to develop a drought tolerant lawn. Here are some techniques you can use to maintain your lawn in a drought. 

 

The most important thing is to know your climate. What climate are you growing your lawn in? How much rain will you get? What sort of soil conditions do you have? Is your lawn in a completely sunny spot, or do you have part shade? When you understand your climate before planting, it can and will save you time and money, and also give you the results you wanted. 

 

Once you understand your climate, you’ll know the correct plants to choose for your lawn. There are hundreds of drought tolerant plants, that will survive with very little water. Some drought tolerant plants are:

  • Succulents
  • Cactus
  • Hummingbird bush
  • Bougainvillea
  • Black Eyed Susans
  • Gerberas 
  • Blazing Stars Ajuga
  • Coneflower ‘Echinacea’

 

Your grass will also need to be drought tolerant. You can select grass seeds like:

  • Zoysia Grass
  • St. Augustine’s Grass
  • Common Bermuda Grass
  • Seashore Paspalum
  • Kentucky Bluegrass

 

These are just a few examples, there are many more grass seeds and plants you can choose, depending on your taste and how you want your lawn to look. 

 

Another option is to use native plants and flowers. Using native species preserve your region’s ecology, it is an inexpensive way to add color to your garden. But the best thing about using native species is that they will thrive with little attention, water, or care, as they have already adapted to the area’s climate and soil. 

 

Consider pollinator plants. They are a great way to maintain a healthy ecosystem in your garden. Plants that attract pollinators, invite some of nature’s hardest workers, who will give you a helping hand in maintaining your landscape. They also add some additional color. 

 

What is a lawn without water? Part of knowing how to maintain healthy lawn is to learn to water wisely, especially when resources are strained. When watering, there are four main things to keep in mind:

 

  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast. If it’s going to rain, don’t water the lawn. Let the rain do the work, and save your water. 
  • Don’t over water. Wait until your grass begins to show signs of drought before you water. This way, the lawn is getting water only when needed. 
  • Water deep – this means you are watering less often, but more deeply. Really drench your lawn, so the water soaks in. 
  • Maintain a regular watering schedule. And always in the early morning before the sun rises. This way you prevent evaporation, and the water will have enough time to soak into the soil. 

 

These few techniques will make the best of your water usage, and you can do a lot more with limited resources. If watering on a schedule is not something you can manage, then you can install an irrigation system that runs on a timer. These are less expensive than you might think, and a great way to water without having to add to your daily chores.

 

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