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Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to help those garden beds and lawns come back to life. Last year we bought a new house and tripled our outdoor spaces. We had to quickly learn about taking care of a large lawn and garden beds, and we are very much still learning. I really love gardening and want to learn more about it. Since we are just beginning the new season here, I am going to be writing and sharing some posts over the next few months about learning how to garden and take care of your outdoor spaces- and learning right along with you! Since winter is on it’s way out an spring is just around the corner, this is a great time to begin to get your garden and lawn ready for the warmer weather. These tips will help you (and me!) learn how to get your lawn ready for spring, so you can spend less time inside and more time outside!
Like I often do, let me preface this post by saying that I am NO lawn care/gardening expert! I truly am just a hobbyist that really wants to learn more about it. Our lawn and beds have come a long way from when we bought the house, but have a long way to go. I know the best time to start prepping your lawn and garden beds is in the spring when the weather is starting to get nice and everything is coming back to life. Ready to get your lawn and gardens ready for spring? Here are some tips on where to begin!
Step one: Clean up your spaces
This is one I will be starting this week, since we are in for some gorgeous spring time weather! When you are ready to get your outside spring ready, you will begin by cleaning up. Grab some big bags and pick up leaves, twigs, dead plants and other debris. Use a rake to collect them and use yard refuse bags for disposal. You can also shred or mulch leaves with a mulching mower so that they compost on the lawn and provide added nutrients.
Next, clean up all of the fallen branches and other plant debris that has collected in your yard over the winter. We have three huge walnut trees in our yard so we have a ton of this. We save ours for the fire pit. After you take care of the ground, it’s also a good time to do any necessary pruning to help trees, shrubs and flowers start their bloom. Prune any dead, diseased or out-of-control branches from trees and shrubs. Use a handsaw to cut off branches that are dead, infested with insects or disease, or that have grown too close to power lines and pose a safety threat. Always cut away from yourself so the branch does not fall toward you, and do only what you can. If you have bigger branches that need to be removed- ask a professional!
Step two: Aerate your lawn
If your lawn needs love, the next step should be to get ready to add some nutrients to it by aerating your lawn after the grass has begun growing for the season—usually after the first or second mow. Aerating will allow for more water, fertilizer and air in and out of the soil and it also encourages deep root growth- so your lawn can grow stronger and more green. You will want to aerate first before you applying fertilizer. To aerate, you can buy a simple push spike aerator or rent a larger machine if you have a bigger space. Either way, it’ll do the trick, it just depends on your time and budget allowances.
Step three: De-Weed and Feed your lawn
After you have cleaned up your spaces, now it’s time to get dirty. Chances are, over the winter some pesky weeds came around to bother you. Start in the beds and pull up any weeds you see by hand. Remember to remove the entire root system if you can or it will just come back. Weeds will kill or weaken the plants you want there, so it’s important to remove them.
Once you have de-weeded your garden beds, it’s time to do the same for your lawn! I am all about saving time, which is why I love using Scotts® brand Turf Builder® Weed & Feed. This powerful lawn food will feed your lawn the nutrients it needs to be green, strong and beautiful, and at the same time will help to get rid of the weeds you don’t want. The new formula is 2x more powerful at eliminating dandelions and other pesky weeds that make your lawn not only look yucky, but also make it weaker and more susceptible to damage. Scotts® Turf Builder® Weed & Feed is perfect to apply to your lawn in late spring so it can be healthy all year long.
The great thing about using Scotts® brand Turf Builder® Weed & Feed, is it does two important lawn care steps in one shot: eliminating weeds and feeding your lawn, and with one bag covering up to 5,000 sq. feet- you get more coverage for your money. Fertilizing your lawn will enrich the soil and creates a hardier, greener lawn. It also promotes new growth and healthy roots, and heals the grass from damage caused by foot traffic, pets and the weather. Some fertilizers are packaged for certain uses and types of grass which makes it easy to distribute the right nutrients needed. Before you begin, figure out what kind of grass you have depending on where you live, then you can know what kind to buy. This is why I love the Scott’s Weed & Feed- because guess what? When I was applying some powerful weed fighting fertilizer down earlier, I was also adding in nutrients into it as well!
When you are out buying your Scott’s Weed & Feed, be sure you have the other tools you need to keep your lawn and garden beds in tip top shape.
-small pruning sheers
-basket or tub for holding your tools
-Scotts® Turf Builder® Edgeguard® Mini Broadcast Spreader (if you have a larger lawn!)
Save time and money and pick these tools up at your local Walmart’s Garden Center. They have everything the big box home improvement stores have, normally at a much better price so you can use the money you save and buy more flowers!
Step four: Fertilize and Mulch your beds
Back to the beds. Now that you have already removed the weeds in your garden beds now is time to add some fertilizer. Adding fertilizer to your garden will enrich the soil and create stronger, more beautiful plants and flowers. Some fertilizers are packaged for certain uses and types of plants so that you can distribute the right nutrients to the right plants in your beds so be sure to read the labels for application amounts and recommended conditions and apply only as directed on the package.
Once they are clean, a re-mulching can do wonders for the look an feel if your beds! Mulching your garden beds helps prevent weeds, reduces the amount of water needed and keeps soil temperatures consistent. You can buy large bags of mulch or have some delivered, if you have a large space to do. Remove some old mulch and layer the new mulch 2″ to 4″ deep—it should be thick enough to block light and keep weeds from sprouting. This will help keep weeds out and also make your beds look neat and clean!
After your lawn and garden beds are neat, clean and filled with nutrients, now is the time to begin adding more plants and flowers! I will talk about this in some future posts, along with planting a basket herb garden and flower pots. Just like with any project, you have to begin by prepping your space and getting it ready- and that’s just what these tips will have you do. The foundation of a healthy lawn and gorgeous flower beds start with a weed-free, crabgrass free and nutrient dense space, so if the weather is starting to get warmer where you live, then put on some old clothes, grab those gardening gloves and get out there and start cleaning up! When you are out looking at new plants and flowers, remember to grab some Scott’s Weed & Feed so you can de-weed your lawn and feed that grass at the same time!
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