Spring is the time to help your yard to recover from the harshness of winter and get it healthy enough to face the summer heat. You will spend the summer months trying to maintain the healthy growth that started during the spring. Here are some of basic maintenance steps that will keep your yard looking good throughout the warmest season.
1. Deck Cleaning
You can rent or buy a power washer to wash ingrained mold and grime from your deck surface. It is important to be careful since these are sometimes powerful enough to splinter wood. If your deck does not need deep cleaning, an alternative is to get a good spray nozzle and hose it off with a regular garden hose.
2. Pest Control
Mosquitoes, fleas and other insects typically flourish in the summer time. You can make your yard a healthier and more enjoyable place by investing in ways to keep them out. Consider spraying your yard, or hiring a professional exterminator to handle your insect problems.
3. Lawn Care
Generally, this means keeping people and vehicles off the grass, fertilizing and mowing regularly. Also, remember to aerate your lawn once a year to ensure that that water and air can filter down to the roots. Tree removal is an important part of caring for your lawn. Turf grass tends grow best when it can get lots of sunlight, which may not be possible if your yard has a lot of trees. A service that provides tree removal can help your lawn grass to look its best throughout the summer and into the fall.
Trim any perennials in your yard to help with growth throughout the summer. Dead limbs take away from the energy that the plant will need for its summer growth. Once it starts to grow in the summer, you may have a hard time cutting away dead limbs without harming the new growth.
5. Weed Control
Pre-emergent herbicides are weed killers that you apply before the weeds emerge. This means that you have to know when the weeds typically sprout and apply the herbicide two weeks prior to that. You have a narrow window of opportunity with pre-emergent products; if you miss that window, there are other products that work on established weeds.
These are some of the most important tasks to handle in the spring while it is still relatively cool. Spending a few hours on yard work can save you a lot of time and trouble when it gets hot outside.