Winter is desperately holding on in the Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver, Washington areas. Colder temperatures, icy road conditions and the threat of snow is still lingering about throughout the Pacific Northwest. However, spring is on the way and, quickly, it will be here. That is why it is so important to start preparing your lawn now.
We love our trees here in Washington, so it is no surprise that our lawns are continuously covered in leaves, pinecones, and pine needles, amongst various other forms of natural and unnatural debris. If you haven’t gotten around to cleaning this debris from your yard and lawn, now is the time to address these issues. Debris left sitting on your lawn can cause costly damages, which are easily avoided by simply removing this debris.
As long as we are on the topic of debris, there is another form of debris that needs to be addressed as well: Thatch. In short, thatch is a buildup of fine pieces of debris that, generally, lie below blades of grass, on top of the soil. This debris blocks sunlight and moisture from reaching the roots of the turf, which can drastically affect the health of your grass. Removing this thatch (dethatching) is important for ensuring the lushness and fullness of your lawn. It should be done at least once a year, and spring is a great time to address this.
Aerating is another service that should be performed at least once a year, preferably in fall or spring. Aerating is the process by which plugs are pulled from your lawn, leaving small holes all throughout the turf. These holes allow sunlight, moisture, and nutrients to further penetrate into the lawn’s roots, ensuring a healthier, happier lawn.
Adding grass seed to your existing lawn is a term called “overseeding.” Overseeding is done to fill in bare spots in your lawn, as well as to increase the fullness of your lawn. The perfect time to overseed is when the risk of frost has ended and the ground begins to warm up, which is, generally, during early spring. If you are planning on applying a preemergent to combat the growth and spread of weeds in your lawn, it is important to note that this should be done after the grass seeds have already sprouted. Preemergent, generally, does not discriminate against any seeds; in other words, it will also kill off your would-be lawn alongside any weed seeds.
Applying fertilizer to your lawn provides the nutrients your lawn needs in order to stay happy and healthy. Fertilizing your lawn during the beginning of spring is ideal, as this will kick-start the growth of your lawn after its winter nap (dormant period). Furthermore, fertilizing will ensure your lawn has enough nutrients and is able to withstand any summer droughts that may occur.
There are several other services that can ensure your lawn and yard are healthy and Urban Eden Landscaping would love to help! Give us a call today at (360)567-6399, contact us here, or fill out our online FREE estimate request form.