Spring is finally here and it’s time to start thinking about your seasonal lawn maintenance. After a long winter, your yard needs to be prepared for the growing season in order to achieve a healthy, green lawn all summer. At Yardworx, we’re passionate about helping busy homeowners take care of their lawns. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our top tips for lawn care and maintenance for the months ahead.
How Your Yard Changes After a Long Winter in Alberta
The harsh Alberta winter with its cold temperatures, strong winds, and ice can cause significant damage to your lawn. As spring arrives, you may notice debris, overgrown shrubs, and stubborn weeds that require your attention. Here are some steps you can do to help you revive your Edmonton or Calgary lawn:
Prune overgrown shrubs and trees to promote healthy growth
Pruning is necessary for plant health and yard aesthetics. Any dead plant or old wood that experienced winterkill should be removed from the yard or tree. Additionally when pruning, make sure not to take too much off shrubs and hedges, as it could damage them.
Remove weeds and prepare flower beds
Removing weeds is also a crucial step in revitalizing your lawn, as they can choke out healthy grass and compete for essential nutrients. Prepare flower beds by turning the soil, as well as composting and removing dead plant material.
Mulch garden beds as needed
Mulch can be very beneficial to garden beds for a variety of reasons. When intentionally placed before cold weather to cover perennials, mulch can help these plants survive longer. Mulch can also help to control weed growth and conserve water during the summer.
Clear yard debris
As you work to restore your lawn to its former glory, you’ll also want to clear any debris that has accumulated over the winter. Power raking is a simple yet effective way to get rid of leaves, dead grass, thatch, and other debris that can harm the health of your lawn.
Trim and mow your lawn
Trimming and mowing play a crucial role in achieving a stunning lawn. As you work towards restoring your yard’s former glory, prioritize regular mowing to keep it in optimal condition. By consistently trimming the grass, you not only enhance its appearance but also foster healthy growth.
When to Start Planting and Fertilizing
Planting in your garden can be enjoyable, but it’s important to know the right time for each type of plant. Consider factors like temperature, soil quality, and moisture levels. Early spring is ideal for planting trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers, while grass should be seeded when the ground reaches around 15 degrees Celsius. For other plants, the planting time may vary based on the plant type, climate, and soil conditions. Research seed planting times for flowerbeds or vegetable gardens to ensure optimal results.
Timing is crucial for fertilizing as well. Applying fertilizer at the right time promotes healthy growth, while early or late application can cause harm. For example, early fertilization of grass leads to lush growth but also weed overgrowth. Understand the fertilizer requirements of your plants and apply it at the appropriate time for maximum growth potential. Apply fertilizer after the snow has thawed and all debris has been cleared.
What Regular Lawn Maintenance You Need
Consistent lawn mowing plays a vital role in maintaining the health and vitality of your lawn. Regular mowing not only keeps your lawn looking well-groomed but also promotes healthy growth. By trimming the grass to an optimal height, you encourage the development of strong and resilient turf. Additionally, frequent mowing helps to prevent the grass from becoming overly dense, which can lead to issues such as thatch buildup and increased susceptibility to diseases and pests.
Proper and consistent mowing allows sunlight, water, and nutrients to reach the lower parts of the grass, ensuring even growth and a lush, green appearance. So, make it a priority to establish a regular mowing schedule, tailored to your lawn’s specific needs, to maintain its health and create an inviting outdoor space for relaxation and enjoyment.
Who Can Help?
At Yardworx, we understand that yard and lawn care can be a challenging and time-consuming task for many homeowners. That’s why we’ve been providing Calgary and Edmonton lawn care services for over 30 years. Our experienced team knows the ins and outs of Alberta’s unique climate and soil conditions, and we have the tools and expertise to help you achieve a healthy and vibrant lawn.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of spring clean-up or regular lawn mowing, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help. Whether you need help with mowing, pruning, weeding, fertilizing, or any other lawn care task, we’ve got you covered. At Yardworx, our mission is to make lawn care easy and stress-free, so you can enjoy a beautiful and healthy lawn all season long.