If the weeds and dirt patches outnumber the grass in your front yard, then read on. If you have dreamed of a soft and plush lawn to enjoy over the summer, follow these tips and in no time you will get your wish. As the premier realtor for all your Brea real estate needs, I would like to share the following tips and maintenance that will get your lawn prepped and ready this spring.
Break out the Rake
Before mowing your lawn or even watering it, make sure to remove the thatch that has built up over the winter. Thatch is the spongy dead layer of grass that can choke new grass out and lead to other problems such as lawn drought and weeds. The easiest way to remove this layer of dead grass is to use a rake. Take an afternoon and thoroughly clear your lawn and remove this layer. This will aerate your lawn while at the same time promoting new grass to grow, making it healthier.
Start your Engines
Take the time to do some pre-mowing maintenance on your lawn mower. Similar to a car, your mower needs to be regularly serviced and chances are it has been neglected. Before taking your lawnmower out of the garage, make sure to:
- Change the oil.
- Clean the air filter and replace or clean the spark plug.
- Add a fuel stabilizer to make your mower run more efficiently and effectively.
- Sharpen the blade of your lawnmower. A dull blade can make your lawn more susceptible to disease.
Once you have raked and removed the dead grass from your lawn, reseed your lawn and even re-sod any areas that are bare. Follow the instructions on the bag to ensure that the new grass will grow in evenly and as quickly as possible. You may need to reseed a few times early in the year to provide even coverage.
Here’s the Deal:
Do not be afraid to reseed your lawn a few times throughout the year to keep it as healthy and lush as possible.
Fall into a Routine
Start a proper lawn routine early and try to maintain that schedule throughout the year. Like anything a beautiful lawn takes work. When establishing a maintenance routine make sure to:
- Regularly water your lawn. Try to water early in the morning or after the sun goes down to minimize any evaporation.
- Mow your lawn at least once per week. When mowing, start off on a higher setting the first few times and alternate mowing directions.
- Edge your lawn regularly to clearly define boundaries between your yard and other landscape features.
- Weed your yard as necessary and use an organic fertilized a few times a year to keep your lawn healthy.
These simple tips will have your yard in tip-top shape this spring and ready for the upcoming summer. If you would like other lawn maintenance suggestions or are interested in some of the many new, exciting real estate options that are available in and around Brea, please give me a call today. I look forward to hearing from you soon.