When the weather is nice, it’s natural for homeowners to want to get outside and enjoy their lawns. This could come in the form of hosting barbecues and pool parties, or something as simple as watching children and pets play together.
While this makes for great experiences, the same isn’t true for your lawn. Heavy foot traffic can ultimately wear out your lawn, thus affecting its health and appearance. (Meanwhile, shady areas that receive far less traffic tend to remain stable.)
To ensure that the busier portions of your lawn stay just as healthy and safe as underused spots, you have to properly prepare your lawn for battle. Try these four simple lawn care tips.
Prepare Your Lawn with These 4 Simple Lawn Care Tips
1. Clean Up Debris to Avoid Tripping Hazards
Any number of items can collect on the surface of a lawn. It could be weak branches that have fallen from trees (and could spread disease), or lawn equipment that has accidentally been left out and is obscured by grass. In either case, it’s important to routinely take inventory of debris across your lawn to ensure that it remains free of tripping hazards.
2. Trim Trees & Shrubs to Prevent Disease
Rather than wait to pick up weak branches after they fall from trees and shrubs, a better alternative is to prune them. Best suited for late fall or early spring when plants are dormant, pruning involves trimming weak branches from trees and shrubs to help them regain their structural strength. Not only will plants and trees look healthier, but this will also avoid the spread of disease to your surrounding landscape.
3. Choose Lawn Products with the EPA’s Safer Choice Label
With all the lawn products available on today’s shelves, it’s not always easy to know which is the best for your lawn’s health. One of the clearest indicators is the EPA’s Safer Choice label. This label showcases that the product includes ingredients that are safe for human health, without hindering its overall performance.
4. Overseed Bare Spots to Avoid Sitting Water
While bare patches in a lawn can create tripping hazards, these uneven surfaces can also result in pockets that collect water. Pools of sitting water can turn into a breeding ground for insects — and chances are children and pets will track mud back inside. By casting new grass seeds over bare spots, you can even out the surface of your lawn, prevent the spread of disease and keep the inside of your home mud-free.
While lawn care for heavily utilized lawns is one of the focuses in landscaping for 2020, there are plenty of other landscape trends to look out for as well. See what trends are on the rise.