Although we are still in the heart of winter, spring is approaching fast, and it’s time to start thinking about getting your lawn ready for the season of rebirth. We all fantasize about a green and thriving lawn in the springtime, one with perfect healthy grass cut to exactly the right height. But how can you ensure that your lawn is ready?
There are several steps you can take to prepare your lawn for spring, ensuring that it is both healthy and good to look at. In addition, 2019 offers several new sprinkler trends that can help you nourish your lawn with water and avoid standing outside with a hose for hours every day. Read on to find out more about how you can best take care of your lawn in the coming months.
Preparing Your Lawn for Spring
After winter is over, your lawn might be something of a mess. Your grass might be dried out or even dead, or you could have patchy spots on your lawn. You could also see a lot of old thatch or detritus that needs to be removed. It may seem overwhelming at first, but the truth of the matter is that there are some simple steps you can take to get your lawn ready for spring.
Rake Your Lawn
You should always start by raking—it’s the quickest and most efficient way to clear away anything that shouldn’t be on your lawn. This could include anything from garbage that’s blown into your yard to dead grass that’s become matted down by the snow. No matter what it is, it’s going to get in the way of fresh growth as the new year starts. Once the lawn is clean and clear, you’ll be ready to focus on what you want to grow in the coming year.
Aerate your Property
A winter’s worth of snow sitting on your property may have caused the soil to become compacted, and that’s a problem because nutrients—and water—will have a hard time reaching the roots of your grass. It doesn’t matter how advanced your sprinkler system is if the water isn’t penetrating through the soil. You can rent an aerator at your local hardware store and use it to restore life to compacted soil, thus providing your grass with a chance to grow.
Install a Sprinkler
Enlist the help of professionals such as those at Colorado Sprinkler Service to help you select and install the correct sprinkler for your yard. In the next section of this article, we will go over the various types of sprinkler available to choose from and which are likely to be particularly sought after in 2019. However, one thing has been true for decades—sprinklers keep your lawn looking green and fresh.
If you’ve already got a sprinkler system installed, the months leading up to spring are the time for sprinkler system repair. You can bring in an expert to look it over or, if you feel confident, look at it yourself. If the weather is warm, consider turning it on to ensure it works. You should always winterize your sprinkler system with a sprinkler blowout—that is, use an air compressor to force out any lingering water so it won’t freeze in the cold weather and damage the system. If you did that prior to winter, your system should be fine. If not, you may still be all right, but you should check the system and effect repairs if necessary.
Sprinkler Trends for 2019
There are plenty of options when it comes to sprinklers, but you want to be on the forefront of technology. You and your lawn deserve the best! So when you’re looking for the right sprinkler for your property, consider those types of technology that have been identified by the experts as the ones to watch in the coming year.
Powered by water pressure, a travelling sprinkler wheels its way along your yard dispensing sprinkled water as it goes. The travelling sprinkler is ideal for a large piece of property. It can help you save time when covering a large area—you just put it down and let it get to work.
In-ground sprinklers, as mentioned above, are the sort you install in the ground on your property. They offer great coverage, since you can place the heads virtually anywhere you want and the underground plumbing system will get the water where it needs to go. You can also replace the heads if something goes wrong with them, so in-ground sprinklers have remarkable longevity. However, if you do install an in-ground sprinkler, you must remember to take care of it.
Impact sprinklers operate using high water pressure to move their many water dispensing arms in circular patterns. They are adjustable and provide the user with a relatively large amount of control over where the water is dispensed. However, because the water pressure required to operate them is so high, it is recommended that you not use impact sprinklers on more delicate plants such as garden flora.
The oscillating sprinkler is the rectangular, even spray variety that most of us played in as children. It’s strange to think of this artifact of the 1980s as trendy in 2019. But the truth is that the oscillating sprinkler has stood the test of time. It provides even coverage, and most modern oscillating sprinklers can be adjusted so that the area covered is flexible. Although there are plenty of options for how to water your yard in the modern era, lots of people do continue to opt for oscillating sprinklers, and it’s not too hard to see why.
Whatever method you choose for watering your lawn, make sure you’re ready for spring this year. Prepare your yard so it will be ready to nurture a crop of grass, and keep that grass well watered with the help of a sprinkler system. You can even add a built in timer and an automatic shut off to your sprinkler to make the job easier. Your grass is sure to be greener than ever with a little TLC this year!