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Snowmelt and Sunlight: Are You Ready for Spring Lawn Care?

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

With spring just weeks away in most areas of the country, landscapers and gardening companies are getting ready. While lawns are too wet to begin spring maintenance, there are things like trimming and cleaning that can be done first. Take a look at a few tips for getting ready for spring lawn care.

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  • Don't jump the gun. After weeks' worth of snowfall in many areas of the country, the sun is starting to get its strength back. This means snowmelt and wet lawns all over the land. Giving them time to dry and recover is the best first step. Spring lawns also don't grow quite as fast as summer lawns, so give them time to get their gusto back before that first haircut.
  • Consider going organic. The most successful landscapers often feature an organic product line, and some are going all-organic and finding great success. Like most things environmentally-friendly, organic products tend to be pricier, but the cost of many organic lawn care products is beginning to come down a little as they increase in popularity. Organic fertilizer, weed killer, and other products can make sense for homeowners looking for that all-green solution for the green in their yards.
  • Focus on flowers.Flower planting is a great spring activity, and a few popular plants this year are those for cooler climates. Pansies are easy to plant and good for spring, coming in a variety of sizes and colors. Petunias are other good early-spring choices, as are dianthus, alyssum, and snapdragons. Starting with cooler weather flowers can be a good call in case a cold snap sneaks up after the sun starts.
  • Don't forget diversity. Landscapers are finding that the more diverse their offerings to homeowners, the more successful their businesses are. Whether you use a landscaper or are a do-it-yourself-er, creating diversity in your yard is as simple as the addition of a few budget-friendly shrubs, plants, trees, or textures like gravel or bark. And these changes don't have to be big; start small, and watch these additions improve the look and feel of your yard.

With the introduction of any lawn maintenance or enhancements this year, remember that 2009 saw unusual amounts of precipitation in many areas of the country, and oftentimes the ground is too wet to plant. But with a little time and a little variety, your lawn can look spring-ready in no time.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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