Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Spring Lawn Care and Fall Yard Clean Up

Spring and fall cleanup is a vital step to a healthy lawn. Our lawn care cheat sheet will help you set your yard up for success.

No seasons are as critical for lawn care as spring and fall. To ensure a beautiful lawn and healthy garden, there are several steps you’ll need to take – and when you take them also matters. Check out our lawn maintenance cheat sheet to make sure you can check everything off your list.

Spring

As the weather gets warmer and nature kicks into high gear, it’s important to get started on your lawn care maintenance. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1) Remove all Debris

Spring yard cleanup is an essential first step to a healthy garden. Get rid of any garbage, dead leaves, or twigs from your planting beds and yard. It’s also a good idea to rake your lawn to stop thatch buildup.

2) Prepare your Planting Beds

Remove any weeds, use a tiller to break the ground, and add compost (and chemical fertilizer if needed) on the garden beds.

3) Get Planting

Once your garden beds are ready to go, you can start planting. We recommend planting perennials, trees, and shrubs in early spring.

4) Tackle your Weeds

Early spring is a great time to think about weeding, before their root systems develop and the plants become difficult to pull. You can stop crabgrass before it sprouts by using landscape fabric, mulch, and herbicides.

5) Pruning

Pruning your trees and shrubs is another important step. Make sure you catch any winterkill on branches and prune dead or diseased limbs. Not only will this help your garden look its best, it’ll also keep your shrubs and trees healthy.

6) Manage Your Mulch

Our final spring lawn care tip is to check last year’s mulch. While mulch will help prevent weeds and retain moisture, too much could stop your perennials from sprouting. Rake back any excess mulch from your perennials and make sure to keep it at least 5 cm away from the base of any plants.

 

Fall:

Lawn maintenance is just as important in the fall as it is in the spring. Once the leaves start changing colour, here’s what you need to do:

1) Remove All Debris and Weed Your Lawn – Again

This is a great way to prepare your garden for winter. Also, organic waste – like weeds, twigs, and leaves – makes a great home for pests and is a source of rot and mold To avoid having any critters munching on your beloved garden, make sure to rake your yard and remove any debris. Make sure to do this before the ground gets too hard.

2) Check for Dead Trees and Shrubs

If some plant life didn’t make it to fall, make sure you remove it by cutting and digging it out.

3) Mow your Lawn

Keep your lawn mowed and watered to keep grass healthy. Regular grass upkeep will also help your lawn withstand cold winter temperatures.

4) Aerate Your Lawn and Add Fertilizer

Aerating helps remove thatch and any organic debris trapped under your grass, which can hurt the overall health of your lawn. Once aeration is done, it’s time to fertilize. Fall – with its cooler temperatures and morning dew – is the perfect time to add some fertilizer to strengthen your grass’s root system.

5) Add Mulch

Mulch is a great way to get your garden ready for winter. It’ll stop weed growth and prevent soil erosion. Just make sure you don’t add more than 5 to 7.5 cm.

Spring and fall cleanup is vital to keeping your garden healthy and looking its best. If this list is looking a little too long, Maggio is happy to help prepare your lawn for summer and winter. Request a quote here or contact us at 855-366-2891 or info@maggio.ca.

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