Spring Tips & Tricks

    All it takes is that warm glow of sunshine and a warm breeze to perk up our spirits. It may bring you outside and as you venture outside you may notice that the increasingly nice weather has also perked up your lawn and plants. Unfortunately, old man winter has left its mark on your yard with leaves, broken branches, bare spots and a little bit of clean up that needs to take place.

Start your clean up using a rake or a blower to remove leaves and other debris that has accumulated over the winter. Re-seed bare patches in your lawn. First loosen the surface two to four inches. Then spread some seed over spots then you can either add some compost or just use top soil to lightly cover seed. Remember more seed isn’t always better, a little goes a long way. Tamp the surface with a rake end or anything with a blunt end, then water as needed.

Mowing the lawn in spring isn't about waiting until a specific date but requires monitoring the length of grass and waiting for it to reach the right height. To avoid injuring grass by cutting when it's too short, which also renders it prone to disease, I recommend waiting until it's at least 2 inches tall.(preferably 3’’) remember that’s the first cut. After that you want it about 3’’ I prefer about 3.5’’. Doing so protects the roots of grass, as will never removing more on your lawn type. Also, never cut more than a third of its length in a single mowing.

This is also a good time to change your oil and purchase or sharpen blade on mower. A dull blade will rip rather than cut it, making more grass susceptible to infection and water loss. It will also allow it to grow deeper roots which requires less watering.

Your residence is important to us, so is your budget. Let us help you out this spring and summer. We are a small local business with big results. Mowing is something of a chore to most people, but not to us! We view mowing as a blend of art and science and its practiced to perfection. We sharpen our mower blades weekly to preform and cut perfectly. Edging your sidewalks and drive ways with military precision. I will be on every job site, so if you’re sick of random people cutting and working on your yard, give us a try. Get more time to do the things you want to do, get your weekends back!

The best way to ensure a lush, healthy lawn in the spring is to give it some well-timed care in the fall months.

The most obvious is a good fall cleanup. Leaves may look pretty in fall but they can kill your lawn. For one they block the natural suns light and trap in moisture, making it very disease prone. So rake often, even after all the trees are bare. Continue to clean up piles blow up against your fences and in corners.

Once the weather becomes cooler and the Huskers hit the field, people tend to let up on watering. People tend to think it's over for and nature will take care of the rest. In a way, this is true, more rain, more dew, and less evaporation this time of year. That may not be enough to keep your grass healthy headed into winter. Your lawn needs a good inch a week - a good rain gauge is a useful way to keep track - keep your sprinklers running to the end of October.

Aerating this time of year helps loosen the soil and helps reduce thatch. This simple process improves drainage and opens thatch so water and oxygen reach the roots. This helps microorganisms thrive and break down the thatch. With all those holes left in your yard, it is the ideal time to feed your lawn. Your fertilizer can now reach right to the root system, where it can do the most good.

A dense lawn is one of the best ways to prevent weeds. Which is why it's important to overseed. It will not only help fill in those ugly thin spots or bare patches, it allows you introduce the latest drought tolerant grasses. Fall is the best time to overseed because the ground is still warm, moisture is more plentiful, nights are cool, and the sun is not as hot during the day. But even then, overseeding is one of the most challenging lawn care chores. You can't simply broadcast seeds over an established lawn and expect them to take hold. They need to be in full contact with the soil, kept moist until they germinate, and be well enough established before its gets too cold. The good news is that we can help!