All throughout the late fall, winter, and early spring, homeowners gaze out at their property and asses it for all sorts of things. They look at the damage it may have endured after a storm or they look at all that needs to be done to it to make it look good again – or for the first time. They cringe at all the debris, grayish snow, and dried leaves. And in the midst of that assessment, they remind themselves that paring is imminent.
Of course, that means it’s time to try to do something about the unsightly things they see when they peer out of their windows onto their property. The issue is that the things they know they need to do involve labor – boring, time-consuming, not so pleasant work. The flipside to this is that the reward is usually worth the effort. If you are a homeowner who lives in a four-season climate, you can relate to this scenario.
Eventually, after one or two early spring days, homeowners give in and get out the lawn care tools and equipment. They grab their rakes and lawn mower and gloves and literally dig in. However, many homeowners, with good intentions and full motivation, are not getting the full value form their hard work. They are doing some critical things wrong. So, instead of bringing out the full luster and beauty hat their lawns and property are capable of projecting. They get a cleaned-up lawn that looks average.
Don’t let that happen to you this spring!
Here are the 3 Huge mistakes that most homeowners make with tackling spring lawn care and how to avoid them!
Bypassing a soil test. Do you think you will be planting seeds this spring? If so, what kind of plants will you be planting? Or what kind would you like to plant but thought you could never get to grow? Regardless of your answer, if you’re not testing your soil before you plant you will never get the results you desire or even thought possible.
Here’s what you do to accurately test your soil before you plant: Test the pH level in your soil – ideally you want it to range between 6 and 6.5; test for soil deficiencies; test to assure you are using the most ideal fertilizer in relation to how fertile your soil is.
Choosing incorrect seeds. Your turf needs to be able to manage all weather conditions in all levels of severity; you need to plant the types of seeds that are suitable for allowing your turf to do that. It must be able to endure severe drought or extreme heat. So, to make sure your lawn is at the optimum level, it needs to be half fescue for durability and half bluegrass for softness.
Watering at the wrong time of day or night. Are you the type who waters your lawn in the later afternoon or early evening after you get home from work? If so, are you willing to change that pattern? Your answer needs to be yes because the ideal watering time for your lawn is from 6:00 am – 10:00 am. Your lawn needs to be able to dry all day long. If you don’t change this routine, your lawn will develop fungus and mildew and never be as lush as it is capable of being.
If you are someone that desires to have a well-kept yard this season but doesn’t have the time or desire to maintain it yourself, feel free to give Sinacori Landscaping a call! We can be reached at 248-651-5400 and are located in Shelby Twp, MI! We hope to have the opportunity to work with you soon!