Even if you live in a region that goes through all of the seasons, you may think of lawn care as something you primarily worry about in the summer. But, lawn maintenance is a year-round job, especially in the face of snow, falling leaves and the spring thaw. Read up on these helpful seasonal lawn care tips you can use to make your lawn look its best.
After the snow melts, it's time to start treating your lawn. Remove debris that accumulated during the winter, like leaves, sticks and twigs. If your lawn was damaged from snow blowing, plowing or shoveling, replace the divots or lay down new seed. Be sure to water regularly to bring your grass back to life.
While fall is the best time to apply fertilizer and herbicides, these activities can also be done in spring to get the grass off to a good start and keep weeds out of your lawn. However, most herbicides will conflict with seeding so it's best to choose one of the other.
As spring gets underway, it will be time to mow your lawn before you know it, so take the time to order lawn mower parts for routine maintenance or repairs. Spring is also a great time to create new flower beds and get firewood ready for next winter so be sure your garden tiller and other outdoor power equipment is running smoothly and you have all the parts you need.
During the summer months, your lawn maintenance should focus on cutting the grass and regularly watering it. When you mow the lawn, try not to cut the grass to less than two inches in height. When grass blades are too short, they are more likely to dry out and become damaged because they cannont shade the soil and roots from the sun. You can water the lawn with either a sprinkler or seep hose. Move the sprinkler or hose every half hour to ensure even watering. Also, it's best to water early in the morning or in the evening whent it's cooler; this prevents the scorching of the blades when the sun is at its hottest.
In the fall, it's important to take the time to properly maintain and store your lawn mower and outdoor power equipment so it's ready for spring. Order replacement lawn mower parts, change the oil and filters and add a fuel stabilizer to the tank. With respect to lawn maintenance, you should fertilize and seed your lawn in anticipation of the dormant season. Boosting its nutrients prior to winter can help it stay healthy and come back quicker in the spring.
Another fall lawn care tip is to mow your grass a little shorter than normal toward the end of the season so it is less damaged by snow during the winter. Don't forget to clean your yard by raking leaves, removing debris, storing garden lights and emptying flower pots. Add lawn debris to your compost pile and spread it over your yard as fertilizer before the first snow.
A key seasonal lawn care tip for winter is to shovel walkways to keep visitors from crossing the lawn so grass blades do not flatten or break. Trees and shrubs should be cared for by brushing snow off branches after a heavy snowfall so they don't break. If needed, late fall or early winter is also a good time to trim branches. While the limbs are dormant, the plant will sustain less damage than it would if you cut down branches when it's in full bloom. If you're ready to start thinking about spring, you can get a jump on it by ordering seeds and plants and starting them indoors in late winter.
Your yard has the best chance of looking its greenest and fullest when you tend to lawn maintenance throughout the year. And caring for your property is easier when you have the right outdoor power equipment and parts. By inspecting your machines on a regular basis, you can replace worn or aging parts and get back to your seasonal lawn care. Check out the other articles in the MTD Parts Knowledge Center for more machine maintenance and lawn care tips.