In certain regions of the country there might not be lots of ice and snow in the winter months, but there’s still a period of gradual change between winter and spring. Certain plants need tending to during the cool days of the year. There are some tips to remember to help you maintain your landscape and get a head start on lawn care for the spring and summer seasons.
Fertilizing your lawn doesn’t have to be a long, complicated process. If you run a soil test on the quality of your lawn, it can help you decided about the right quality of fertilizer your lawn and yard will need. You should test for pH and potassium at least. Your local lawn maintenance company will know the right tests you need to run, and can perform them for a fee. When choosing the right fertilizer, you need to know the results you want, as well as the needs of your plants. Knowing the difference between what a fully shaded yard needs versus turf in a brightly lit area will dictate the kind of fertilizer you should use.
When it comes to mowing, try to resist any urge to mow brown grass that appears during the winter months. Try to hold off on mowing until the grass is no longer dormant and actively growing again. When mowing, keep the clippings on the lawn to act as a natural fertilizer. Make sure that you keep your mower maintained and tuned, in order to help it work better and last longer. The mower’s blade should be checked and sharpened, and the mower’s motor should be given a complete tune up, or at least check the oil level.