4 essential spring lawn care tasks

With spring on our doorstep, many homeowners are looking forward to spending time in their yards — but not before doing some spring cleanup.

Clean up debris

Use a rake to remove dead leaves, sticks, twigs and matted grass. If left on the ground, this layer of plant detritus can smother your lawn, leaving dead patches in your yard. Clearing this debris also makes way for lawn treatments, if necessary, to further improve your outdoor space.

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Beat the weeds

Weeds can be a huge nuisance for homeowners, and it’s important to fight these off early.

Although keeping weeds at bay can be an ongoing chore, partnering with a lawn care specialist, such as Best Hort, can help alleviate this burden.

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Cut the grass

After a long, dormant winter, your lawn deserves a new spring cut, so tune up that mower and get ready to manicure your blades of glory. Wait until grass is about three inches long and the ground isn’t soft. Most grass should be kept at least two inches tall — as longer, thicker turf helps combat weeds and conserve water in the soil. Plus, grass that is cut too short lets in more sunlight, which can give room for weeds to seize the day and germinate.

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Hydrate your lawn

No matter where you are in the country, lawns need water. Nearly 48% of survey respondents say they plan to update their landscaping, so it’s important to water early and consistently. Natural watering will come from rainfall. During hotter, drier months, however, you’ll likely need to supplement nature’s bounty with your garden hose. Water before 10 a.m. when it’s still cool. Winds also tend to be calmer earlier in the day, so water soaks into the soil for grass roots to absorb before it evaporates. Aim for about an inch of water per week.

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Still have questions about checking off your lawn checklist this spring? Could you use an extra set of hands? Consult a lawn care professional to efficiently and effectively tidy up. With their Healthy Lawn Guarantee, Best Hort will gladly visit your property as often as needed between scheduled visits to make adjustments and ensure your satisfaction.

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