We may have six more weeks of winter, according to Punxsutawney Phil, but don’t let that discourage you if you’re ready to see spring weather. He’s been wrong before! In the meantime, get your lawn ready for spring with this February to-do list.
Check Your Trees and Shrubs
Your trees and shrubs have been weathering the wintry weather. This month, take the opportunity to:
- Prune rose bushes when buds begin to swell.
- Prune shrubs or trees with winter damage.
- Protect your trees and shrubs against any lingering freeze warnings.
Preparing your trees and shrubs this month should help them perk up once spring arrives.
Inspect the Lawn
Your grass may appear dormant. It’s not. The grass is still thriving under the surface and may need a little late-winter attention. You can look after your lawn by doing these three things:
- Treating emerging weeds with a post-emergence herbicide.
- Not stepping on frozen grass.
- Applying a pre-emergent herbicide to control crabgrass once your soil temperature reaches fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit.
Perform Clean Up and Maintenance
When the ground begins to thaw, it’s time to clean up debris and do a little maintenance on the yard. Here are few things you should do this month to get your lawn ready for spring.
- Till the garden.
- Aerate your grass.
- Keep watch for brown praying mantis eggs. If you find them, it’s a good thing. They like to eat other garden pests, so be careful not to get rid of them.
- Check your hand tools and equipment. Do they need cleaning, sharpened, repairs, or replacing?
- Start-up any power tools after a winter slumber to make sure they run smoothly.
- Sharpen lawnmower blades.
- Start mowing when the ground is dry enough, and the grass is long enough to require a cut.
- Re-seed bare patches in the grass.
- Turn your compost pile. Don’t have a compost pile? Start one!
- Start seed flats inside in bright but indirect light.
Check Annuals and Container Plants
If you have any container plants, including annuals inside and out, they need attention too. Two things you can do are:
- Apply winter-blooming fertilizer on your annuals.
- Keep annuals in containers protected from freezing temperatures. Keep watering.
Spring will be here before you know it. So, it’s time to plan and get your lawn ready for spring.
Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring
As your lawn responds to nature’s wake-up call, help it prepare for a year of healthy growth with professional lawn care services. We can help prepare your lawn to defend itself against this year’s wave of weeds, diseases, and pests. Call the team at Nichols Reliable Lawn Care & More. 479.502.2192