After a long winter, most homeowners are looking forward to getting their yard ready for spring. By taking the time to properly tend to your yard, you can enjoy a lush, healthy lawn all spring & summer. Trees and shrubs will benefit from extra attention as well.
Having the right tools for lawn maintenance jobs can save you time and money, and improve the health of your outdoor spaces. Look for the following tools to help your yard look its best.
Aerating can improve the health of your lawn by allowing better air exchange between your lawn and the environment. It can also help your yard better absorb water and fertilizer treatments. This can also lead to less puddling and runoff, and stronger root systems for your grass.
Pick the right aerator for the size of your yard. Smaller yards can benefit from a walk behind aerator, while larger yards are better suited for a towable aerator.
Most cold hardy grasses respond best to aeration between March and May. If you have warm season grasses, wait until after mowing for the first time before aerating.
Power Rakes are the perfect tool for dethatching a lawn. Over time, dead grass, stems, and roots builds up over the surface of your lawn. This build up, known as thatching, becomes a problem when it becomes too dense. If thatching is more than ¼” thick, it can cut off airflow to your lawn. It can also reduce the absorption of necessary nutrients. Over time, it can stress grass, and cause it to become unhealthy.
Power rakes help dethatch by lifting dead matter to the surface. Once it has been lifted, it can be removed, allowing your lawn to grow healthier and stronger. There are many different types of blades to choose from, depending on the type of soil and the thickness of the thatching.
Dethatching can be done any time there is no drought or frost. Spring is the perfect time, because it gives your lawn the best conditions leading into the growing season.
If you are planning on having a garden, spring is the time to begin to prepare to plant. Till the soil to allow air to circulate more easily, and provide better drainage. Tilling also makes it easier to plant, since the soil is looser.
If you are planning on tilling a garden, wait until conditions are somewhat dry. Wet, heavy soil is difficult to till, and the ground may become compacted, defeating your efforts. It should also be warm enough that the soil is comfortable to touch.
You can also choose to mix in soil additives while you are tilling. Adding compost to your garden as you till it is a popular way to improve soil quality, and add beneficial nutrients.
Like aerators, the size of your garden will determine the size and type of till required. Walk behind units are helpful for small gardens, while pull behind models are more efficient for larger ones.
If you have trees or shrubs that need to be trimmed, spring is the prime type to maintain them. Trimming can improve not only the aesthetics of the tree, but also safety. Removing dead or dying limbs can reduce the risk of injury from a branch breaking, and also improve the long term health of the tree. Trimming trees can also increase the amount of light that filters through the canopy, improving the tree and the underlying landscape.
Depending on the type of trimming that is needed, chainsaws and pole saws are both good options. Chainsaws are required for thick branches, or when a tree is unhealthy and needs to be removed. Pole saws are helpful for removing smaller branches.
Once you have removed unhealthy branches from your trees and shrubs you need to somehow dispose of them. Many municipalities no longer accept green waste, leaving you to deal with the branches on your own.
A chipper can be a good solution. It chops the branches up into small pieces of wood that are easier to dispose of. If the wood chips are weathered for a minimum of 2 months, they can also be recycled as mulch, saving you additional money on your landscaping.
Use the Right Tools
Whatever projects you are looking to tackle this spring, the right tools can make any job easier. Whether you are looking to aerate, dethatch, prepare a garden, or prune your trees and shrubs, basic lawn maintenance can improve the health of your green spaces, and improve your property values.
If you don’t already own all the necessary tools, there is no need to waste your money on a lawn service. Our team at Diamond Rental can help you access the tools you need to complete any job. Contact us today to rent the right tools for all your spring clean up projects.