The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, May 13, 2019

Prepping a Pristine Lawn

Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to take a good look at your lawn and start any necessary maintenance before the hot summer months arrive. Pick a pleasant day to examine your lawn, noting opportunities for improvement so it can stay well-kept and beautiful all year long. 

Lawn Maintenance 101

Performing routine mowing, irrigation, and feeding practices is the best way to prevent an overgrowth of weeds. If you keep a healthy lawn maintenance routine, you might not have to wrestle with any wild, unwanted plants. Use the following techniques to ensure weeds don’t become unmanageable and spread throughout your lawn:

  • Use herbicide to prevent weeds from sprouting in the warmer months—don’t even let them try to grow!
  • Remove weeds from nearby gardens to prevent them from traveling to your lawn.
  • Fill in your lawn’s bare spots with sod or seed to make sure weeds don’t take hold in these areas.

Weeds also develop in overgrown thatch (the layer of organic material that accumulates around the base of the grass). While a thin layer of thatch is healthy, thatch that reaches an inch in height creates room for weeds. Allowing for aeration in thickly developed thatch will help—mow or rake it to let more air reach the soil. Appropriate aeration fosters the development of organisms that work to break down excess thatch, helping you say goodbye to unruly weeds.

Check Your Machines

A well-maintained lawnmower runs much more smoothly than one that’s lived in your shed for the past four months without seeing the light of day. Perform routine maintenance on your engine to ensure it mows like a pro. Replace the oil and gas, spark plugs, and air filters, and sharpen the blades to make sure the grass cuts evenly. Thoroughly clean your mower to improve its performance and to prevent it from falling apart prematurely.

Stay on Track

A large part of good lawn maintenance is following a routine schedule. Plan out when you will water and fertilize your lawn throughout the week so you don’t forget to keep it nourished and healthy. Getting into a habit of mowing more often also helps you stay on track and prevents weeds from growing in thickets of unkept grass.

To help yourself stay on track, find ways to make springtime gardening and lawn maintenance a priority. Open windows and curtains to remind yourself of yard work while you’re lounging inside. You can also plan outdoor chores with the family and share tasks with your kiddos. After all, creating a beautiful yard is something the whole family should be proud of and enjoy doing together on warm, beautiful spring days.


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