Summer is just around the corner and before you plan your next garden party, you need to get your backyard in shape. It’s time to plant those flowers, mow that lawn, and spruce up your social space so you can invite your friends to a backyard you can be proud of. Follow these tips to get your backyard ready for summer.
Aerate Your Lawn
Aeration is the key to having a lush, green lawn all summer long, which is exactly what you want when you hire your sushi catering company for your party. This process allows water, oxygen, and nutrients to get to your lawn’s root system more efficiently so it stays healthy all season. If your lawn is a cool-season grass, such as bluegrass or ryegrass, aeration should take place in the fall, but otherwise, spring it is! Most experts recommend that you aerate your lawn every one to three years, but if your backyard gets a lot of use and traffic, you might need to do it more often.
Rake Excess Thatch to Let Your Lawn Breathe
Over the winter, your lawn accumulates a layer of decaying plant material known as thatch. This needs to be removed so that sunlight and water can get to your grass’s deep roots. While it’s always a good idea to rake your lawn in the fall to remove fallen leaves, it’s also recommended that you rake it again in the spring to prepare it for summer. Time your thatch removal with aeration for best results.
Add Mulch to Flower Beds
Adding mulch to your flower beds in the spring is one of the best ways to encourage flower growth as it helps retain moisture that the flower roots love. But, a layer of mulch also just makes your backyard look finished as well. So, you’re not only sprucing up your yard’s appearance, but you’re also discouraging weed growth in your flower beds, allowing for better air and water movement throughout the soil, and providing nutrients to your plants. It’s really a win-win situation.
Decorate With Flower Pots
If your flower beds aren’t blooming yet, don’t panic. Even an early summer party can be full of color and floral scent as long as you decorate with flower pots. Hanging flowers and plants can provide a burst of color as your summer gardens get underway. They can also draw your guests’ eyes away from other projects in the backyard that might not be quite finished yet and hide small imperfections that you don’t have time to get to (like a fresh coat of paint on a fence).
Fertilize Your Grass
Warm-season grasses should get a nitrogen-rich fertilizer in the spring and again in late summer to ensure your lawn receives all the nutrients it needs to flourish. Be sure to fertilize your lawn 24 to 73 hours before your guests arrive to make sure the fertilizer has completely absorbed into the soil. This is more about allowing your grass to get all the nutrients it can from the fertilizer than it is about keeping people safe from chemicals, as most fertilizers are completely safe.
Don’t wait to get your backyard ready for entertaining or you’ll wish you’d started earlier. The time is now!