It may feel a whole lot like winter, but spring is just around the corner…even in Michigan. If you want your lawn to look its best, it’s time to start thinking about maintaining your yard and preparing it for summer. There may not be too much that you can get started on now, but you can always get your tools ready, purchase any items you need, and have them ready to go when things thaw out and start to grow again.
Maintain Your Tools
Did you remember to sharpen the blade on your mower before you put it away last fall? If you didn’t, this should be your first step in spring yard maintenance in Michigan. A sharp blade now means that your mower should cut well all summer long. While you’re at it, sharpen the blades on any cutters or trimmers you plan to use this summer, too, so everything is ready to go.
If you had problems with your mower last year, it’s older, or you haven’t done much maintenance on it, it may be time to take it in for a tuneup. It will definitely be easier to get those appointments now than it will be during those first few weeks of spring.
Get Out Your Rake
If your snow melts and your yard still looks dingy, get out the rake. You may have snow mold or just a lot of dead grass built up underneath the live pieces. Use a leaf rake to loosen the mold and built-up grass facilitate your lawn’s recovery. It will still come back green if you don’t do this, but we recommend it for the best possible looking yard. If you need some help with lawn care in Michigan, call us and we’ll get it done for you.
Put Off Fertilizing
A lot of homeowners in Michigan want to fertilize as soon as they see green poking up through the snow. However, doing this too soon doesn’t help your yard at all. If the grass isn’t ready to be fertilized, the substance won’t do any good. And if everything freezes again, you’ll only have to reapply. In general, it’s a good idea to wait until at least May, when your grass has grown long enough to require cutting before you fertilize.
If you want to put down products that keep crabgrass away, you should still wait until early to mid-April, depending on the soil temperatures. If you use these products too early, they’ll wash away. If you use them too late, you’ll get crabgrass anyway.
Implement Design Changes
Are you thinking of changing up the look of your yard or adding new features to it? It’s time to call in a professional in landscape design in Michigan to make your ideas into reality. These pros can usually figure out what will look best in your yard, how you can make it look better, and what it will actually take to get you the yard you’ve always wanted. Then, call in a professional landscaping service in Michigan to keep it that way!
At Berns Landscaping, we would love to help you out. Let us know what we can do to help you with spring yard maintenance in Michigan, or call and ask us your questions directly. Our professionals are always happy to help you help your yard thrive in Michigan!