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Prepare Your Yard For Spring

We’ve all heard those stories about how the earth sleeps through the winter and awakens in the spring. You’re not going to look out your kitchen window someday and see your lawn staggering around with bleary eyes and “bed head”. But if you do some yard work now, a healthier, much better looking property will be rolling out of bed come spring.

For that beautiful, well rested lawn, as a Panama City Lawn Care company, we have some suggestions:

Rake
Most people wouldn’t leave the house with an uncombed head. It looks neater, it gets rid of built up and clogging old hair, and it might even reveal scalp problems. Pretend your lawn is a head, the rake is its comb, and start grooming!

Aerate
Just as winter is hard on human skin pores, this season is hard on your lawn. Thatch from dead plant matter, and compressed earth prevent oxygen and water from reaching plant roots. Vigorous raking is vitally important for removing thatch, but aeration (pronounced “airy-ation”) is a little more complicated. Holes must penetrate your lawn’s surface, and in order for the aeration to be effective, these holes must be of a certain depth, diameter, and distance from one another. For severe cases of soil compaction, landscaping professionals such as a Panama City Lawn Care service should do this. And after aerating, they can fertilize the lawn as well. While experts suggest doing these procedures in both the spring and fall, in Florida, it’s important to attend to this in the spring.

Trimming
Your shrubs want haircuts for spring! Trimming gets rid of dead branches, encourages new growth, and makes sure that a favorite shrub “style” stays in shape!

Overseeding
This technique involves a little more than just scattering grass seed on top of existing grass. Working with professional landscapers here can be especially helpful. The lawn should first be mowed, raked, thatch removed, and aeration performed. PH testing should then be done, and depending on test results, lime is added. Putting some additional compost on the lawn before adding seed can also be beneficial.