Tips for Successful Landscaping Projects

Tips To Work On The Health And Appearance Of Your Lawn

The appearance of your lawn has a big impact on your home's appearance and its value. When you put the time and effort into a beautiful expanse of lawn with bordering shrubbery, flowers, and trees, you can enjoy its beauty and tranquil environment. Here are some recommended tasks you can take to build up the health of your grass and maintain it over the seasons.

Dethatch and Aerate

Springtime is approaching, and with it you can begin to make plans for what you will need to accomplish with your lawn during the first few weeks. As soon as your lawn begins to grow actively, you know the soil has thawed and warmed up to allow for growth. At this point, you can look into having your lawn aerated and remove any excess thatch layer. 

Aerating your lawn removes plugs of soil to reduce soil compaction and provides a way for fertilizer, moisture, and oxygen to get to your lawn's roots. Your lawn may have too much of a layer of thatch built up around the base of the lawn plants. Excess thatch will prevent essential nutrients from reaching your lawn's roots and should be removed with a thatch rake or mower blade. You can also hire a professional landscape service to provide both or either of these services.

Look for Pest Threats

In addition to being proactive to put specialized care into getting your lawn growing healthily for the year, you should also check your lawn periodically for ill health and signs of pest stress. If your lawn begins to have spots where it is dying, it might not be a lack of water or too much fertilizer, for example. Check into your lawn a bit further to see if there might be insects or worms eating at your lawn from below.

Some types of lawn pests can include grub worms, moles, voles, gophers, ants, and grasshoppers. Look for visible evidence of any of these pests, and call an appropriate pest control service to keep your lawn safe. For example, moles, voles, and gophers will burrow under your lawn and leave entrance holes through your yard, and ants will build a cone-shaped mound in your lawn.

Use Professional Lawn Care

A great way to take action for your lawn's health is to hire professional lawn services for weekly mowing, regular fertilization, and tasks such as aeration and thatch removal when necessary. You can also hire your lawn care professional to install and maintain your lawn irrigation system and complete any needed repairs through the season.