The first day of spring this year is March 20, though as we all know, Mother Nature often has a mind of her own — ignoring both the Farmers Almanac and Punxsutawney Phil — when it comes to the post-winter thaw.
If the thought of tackling what’s underneath the snow and ice is daunting to you, it doesn’t have to be.
There are a few things New York and Connecticut homeowners can do now (and in the coming weeks) to ensure you’re ready for all your necessary spring lawn care, whether the future holds a warm-up or another onslaught of messy snow. Here are a few spring lawn care tips from Mario, Neave’s lawn and turf specialist.
Spring Lawn Care Tip #1: Get Your Mower Ready
Time to get that mower prepped for a busy spring and summer! Give it an oil change, and replace the spark plugs and air filter. You’ll also want to remove the blade and give the mower deck a thorough cleaning, using a putty knife or other dull tool to scrape away all that caked grass and other debris.
Then make sure your lawn mower is fueled up and blades sharpened, and you’ll have it in tip-top shape for when the weather warms up.
Spring Lawn Care Tip #2: Clear the Lawn
Hopefully, you’ll have done a good job cleaning up your landscape before winter set in, clearing off the dead leaves and cutting your grass as short as possible before that first hard frost. (Winter preparation makes for far easier spring lawn care — we wrote a blog on that last year.)
But as soon as any leftover snow melts, give your landscape a thorough once-over and ensure that any additional waste and debris is off the surface of your lawn.
Spring Lawn Care Tip #3: Remove Snow Mold
Thanks to this year’s heavy snowfall in New York and Connecticut, your lawn may have suffered from a snow mold infection.
You probably noticed it as the snow began to melt — circular patches of dead, matted grass blades. In the worst cases, it won’t be circles; your grass will just look that way all over. Some types of snow mold clear up on their own once the weather warms and the ground and grass begin to dry.
Until then, the best form of spring lawn care here is to clear up any problem areas you notice and rake up the dead, matted grass to get your turf breathing again.
Spring Lawn Care Tip #4: Revisit Your Lawn Care Plan
Finally, assess your landscaping needs for the coming year. It’s better to plan ahead — and get in touch with your landscape design and maintenance provider in advance of the busy season — for your spring lawn care so you’ll have a beautiful landscape all year long.
Get in touch with Neave’s lawn care division to discuss a plan for your spring lawn care, from design to fertilization to weed control and maintenance. Call us at (845) 463-0592 or fill out our handy web form on the right, and we’ll get in touch with you.