New Year, New Yard

If your 2017 New Year’s resolution is to plan ahead or to have a beautiful yard, then this blog post is for you.

There may be months of snow cover left up here in Wisconsin, but we’re already dreaming about a great spring lawn. Here are some early spring yard tips to help you get organized for the season ahead.

Plan Ahead for a Healthy Yard

  1. Understand your soil – Measure the pH of your soil with a kit. This analysis will provide you with a better understanding of what your grass needs to thrive.
  2. Aerate – Aeration creates small holes to ensure air, water and nutrients access grass roots. This will also reduce compaction that occurs during the winter from fall debris, snow and ice. For efficient aerating, wait until after a rain shower or after watering so that the soil is soft and manageable.
  3. Fertilize – Spring and Fall are the seasons to fertilize your lawn. After aerating, give your lawn the nutrients it needs to bounce back from its winter slumber.
  4. Trim – After snow and ice are gone for the season, trim bushes and trees. Remove any dead portions from the winter and shape foliage so it grows properly once temperatures rise.
  5. Check patio furniture and test tools – Take a look at your patio furniture and outdoor decor to see if you need to replace any pieces. Now is also a good time to test your outdoor power equipment and tools now so they’re ready to go after the thaw.

Year after year we tell ourselves that we’re going to put more time and effort into the yard, but somehow it tends to get pushed to the back burner. This year will be different. We’re getting organized in advance so we can stick to our outdoor home maintenance schedule later this year.

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