Winter is finally over in Texas and Spring has sprung! What better way to welcome spring in than by beautiful grass, flowers, garden beds and landscaping. I’m sure we can all agree that lawn care, landscaping, and garden prep are a bit of a hassle when the time to starts comes around. But truth be told, much of the difficulty comes from a lack of direction.
With an understanding of what needs to be done and when it needs to happen, preparing your garden and lawn for Spring should be easy! Here are some of our tips on how you can get started this year:
Preparing Your Garden and Lawn for Spring
Implementing proper landscaping practices before Spring starts is absolutely essential if you are planning on having a well-maintained garden and lawn this year. Keeping a healthy lawn and crops is largely dependent on how you set everything up before Spring.
If you are looking at preparing your lawn for Spring, here are some of our tips on what you should pay attention to:
1) Soil Testing
Soil testing is one of the most important things you can do in preparation for Spring. If you haven’t had your soil tested in over 3 years, make sure to get it done ASAP. It will give you key insights into whether or not your soil has enough nutrients to support your crops and lawn.
2) Fertilizer Selection
Regardless of what your soil test results are, it’s always good to start out the season with a fresh layer of new soil. Selecting a fertilizer is rather simple – you will be presented with the option to go with carbon-based fertilizers or petroleum-based fertilizers. Here’s a quick run-down on the difference between the two:
Petroleum-Based Fertilizers: Petroleum-based fertilizers, also known as synthetic or chemical fertilizers, are sort of a “band-aid” fix to a much larger problem. They provide a quick boost of nutrient energy for plants that dissipates quickly and leaves your lawn potentially damaged and nutrient-ridden in the long run.
Carbon-Based Fertilizers: Carbon-based fertilizers, on the other hand, build the structure of your soil and prepare it for the current year as well as seasons to come. They are natural and healthy in the long term for your lawn.
3) Weed Control
Weed control – the phrase probably makes you shiver. If any of you have weeded your yard, you know full-well of the backaches and dirty knees that follow the dreaded task.
Luckily, Spring gives you the opportunity at a fresh start through pre-emergent strategies. Using a pre-emergent herbicide essentially combats the weeds from ever appearing in the first place! That means less backaches and bruised knees in the summer time, a healthier lawn, and a beautiful landscape for seasons to come!
Preparing your garden and lawn for Spring doesn’t have to ever be a difficult task. With a little leg-work upfront by testing your soil, laying down fresh, carbon-based fertilizer, and proper pre-emergent weed control strategies, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful, lush lawn this year!