Spring has arrived in Michigan and everything is starting to turn green again. If you haven’t already, you should definitely get outside and start prepping your yard for spring. Being proactive now can save you money, time, and effort in the long run.
That means rake up leaves, twigs, and other debris that has accumulated on your yard during the winter. This will help your grass come out of dormancy and prevent diseases, such as snow mold, that thrive under damp piles of leaves. Add all organic matter to a compost pile or bin so you can re-use it later as mulch.
Your yard should be aerated at least every other year to achieve a more attractive appearance. Aeration can also solve a host of problems that face your lawn such as compacted soil, water runoff, thatch buildup, and pooling water. Our soils become compacted from repeated use, foot traffic, and thatch buildup. This compacted soil gets packed so tight that not even air, water, or nutrients can reach the roots of your grass. This can cause it to wither and die. Aeration solves this problem by punching tiny holes into your yard, allowing water, air, and nutrients back into the soil.
You’ve put it off long enough. Now it’s time to dig that lawnmower out of the back of your garage or shed. Your lawn mower is the workhorse of your yard so it should be in tip-top shape. Sharpen the blades or buy new ones to ensure a clean and even cut that won’t damage your grass. Keeping your grass taller in the spring will encourage root growth and make for a thicker, better-looking yard.
Pruning is an important part of tree maintenance and should be done before trees come out of dormancy. Look for low or dead branches and trim them off. Removing dead branches allows for other branches to fill in more. Pruning live branches will re-direct water and nutrients to other parts of the tree. Remember, a mature tree shouldn’t look like a bush, so make sure you are able to walk under the tree without hitting your head on low branches.
Everyone knows mosquitos need water to breed but not everyone realizes how many places in your yard make for ideal nurseries for these annoying bloodsuckers. After a female lays her eggs it only takes 8-10 days for the eggs to hatch and mature to adulthood. That’s pretty fast! So if you don’t want mosquitos bothering you and your guests this summer, take the effort to go around your yard and empty out all standing water. This includes flower pots, toys, old tires, birdbaths, ponds, fountains, animal waterers, and much more. You’d be surprised how many things will hold water after a downpour, but by taking these steps you can eliminate mosquitoes in your yard.