Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time of year to get your yard in tip top shape. Healthy, green grass and flowering plants can help you create the right curb appeal for your home.
If you maintain your lawn throughout the year, a spring lawn usually just requires some fertilizer and regular mowing. Depending on the variety of grass that you grow in your yard, you might also need to aerate and put down seed in the patches of your lawn. Most people in Charlotte do this in the fall, but if you grow Bermuda, now is the time to aerate. It may be necessary to water your lawn if it doesn’t rain for a few days. If you have an automatic sprinkler, check to ensure you’re not overwatering by watering your lawn on days that it rained. Always follow the drought guidelines set out by the county, which you can find on their website and on signs throughout the Charlotte area.
Now that your flowers are starting to bloom, it’s easy to see which plants are thriving in your garden and which areas of your yard need to be rejuvenated. Hopefully, you trimmed early in the season (late March or early April) to encourage growth on your existing plants. If not, you can still do so now without harming your plants. If you’re not sure how to maintain something in your yard, you can look up the mature plants online or go to a nursery or garden center and ask the staff what the mature plants should look like and how to trim them. If you’re not sure what type of plant is growing in your yard, you can bring a leaf with you to the nursery and they might be able to help you identify it. Plant nursery staff are usually very knowledgeable about the local plants that grow in the Charlotte region.
If you need to replace some the wilting plants in your yard, the first weeks of May are a great time of year to do that. If you plant healthy new plants that are just starting to bud or flower and they should acclimate well to their new environment. The Charlotte region falls in planting zone 7. Southern Mecklenburg and York County are zone 7b, while Northern Mecklenburg and Iredell County are 7a. Your local nursery should carry plants that are right for your zone. If you need to check, you can find out what zone each plant is rated for on the tag. Most online nurseries also allow you to search for plants based on your zip code or planting zone. Healthy plants always look the best, so it’s important to choose plants that will thrive in the area.
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Enjoy the Adventure!