The temperature is getting warmer and baseball season is around the corner; that means one thing, spring is approaching. In addition to afternoons at The Box and packing away the winter clothes, it’s also time to get your lawn ready for spring. Whether its preparing your mower for a new season, or waking the grass up from its winter dormancy, here are a few tips to make your lawn as green as your neighbor’s envy.
Begin with a Rake
Over the winter months leaves and other debris will cover areas of your yard. Simply take a rake and remove any loose impediments.
Reseed Bare Patches
It’s not uncommon for parts of your lawn to succumb to the harsh elements of winter weather, however these bare patches do not need to remain an eyesore. Simply loosen the soil to a depth of 2 to 4 inches, then spread a mixture of grass seed and fertilizer over the area. Once settled, level out the surface and water. Now that the initial work has been done, it’s time to take a look at your lawn equipment. These tools allow you to put the final touches on your rejuvenated lawn. This is why it’s important to ensure that they are up to the task.
Tune Up Your Mower
The main attraction in your lawn equipment stable is your mower. Begin by removing the spark plug for safety. Next clean or replace the air filter. This is also a good time of the year to change your mower’s oil. Once this is done, it’s a good idea to sharpen your blade. A dull blade will pull and tear the grass as opposed to cutting it. After these tasks are done, clean the undercarriage and top of the mower. Remove any old or caked on grass with a putty knife and hose. Finally lubricate any moving parts to enhance your mower’s performance.
If your mower has been giving you any issues, or it may be on its last leg, it could be time for an upgrade. South Louisiana’s tropical climate makes being on or behind your mower a weekly, if not more often, occurrence. This is what makes a Honda mower a great option.
Honda mowers are efficient, durable, reliable, and high performing. They are engineered with a number of features that making mowing easier than ever. Honda’s twin blade technology creates a superior cut by cutting the grass into smaller pieces for better mulching and bagging. Other features include: cruise control, the Roto-Stop Blade Stop System that allows the blades to stop without shutting off the engine, variable speed control for intuitive handling, an auto choke system that makes for easy starting, and an easy on/off grass bag.
Aerate Your Lawn
Aeration allows for oxygen, water, and other nutrients to directly reach the roots of your lawn. Soil conditioners are fortified with microorganisms that aerate the soil and strengthen the root system of your grass.
Mow to the Correct Height
It’s important to maintain a certain height range to keep your grass healthy. 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches is an ideal length for your lawn. It’s also important to mow frequently enough as to not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at once. Mowing higher and more often develops a tougher lawn the is less susceptible to drought, heat, and weeds.
These simple steps and maintenance will keep your lawn green and healthy all spring, summer, and fall. If the time has arrived for a new mower, the experts at Bozeman Distributors are here to help.