3 Quick Tips to Spruce Up Your Yard this Spring

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With warm days quickly approaching, it’s time to give your yard a spring spruce-up! Spring cleaning applies to much more than just the inside of your home. This spring, tackle your yard, too. The most beautiful plants and flowers are about to bloom and they deserve to be surrounded by luscious, weed-free grass. Here are a few ways you can prepare your yard before spring is in full swing:


Prevent Spring Weeds

Do you know the best time for you to slip on gloves and pull some weeds? Right after it rains. If you prefer to weed in dry conditions,we suggest using a hoe. This is because weeds cut off just below the soil will shrivel up and die, especially if your hoe has a sharp edge. There’s an old saying “Pull when wet, hoe when dry,” to help you remember when to pull and when to hoe.


When watering, ensure you’re only watering plants, not weeds. Depriving weeds of water is an easy way to kill them off. In most cases, cutting off their water supply decreases the odds of them growing or multiplying by about 50 percent. You can avoid watering them by placing a drip hose beneath mulch, which efficiently irrigates plants while leaving neighboring weeds thirsty. If you think your irrigation might be a part of your weed problem, give Harrison Irrigation a call. We’d be happy to adjust any watering systems in Jacksonville or surrounding areas to optimize water to plants, not weeds.



Fertilizing can be tricky. Your lawn needs supplements of fertilizer to remain healthy and green, but determining how much to apply is where it gets tricky. It’s like a vitamin supplement for plants. Fertilizer gives your yard the nutrients needed for green leaves, deep roots, large seeds and an overall healthy appearance. Although, if you apply too much your grass will grow so fast, you’ll have to cut it more often than usual. Selecting the right fertilizer and knowing how much to apply makes a huge difference.


Mulch Madness

Mulch offers a variety of benefits for your soil, including keeping it cool, moist and depriving weeds of sunlight. Even better, organic mulch contains crickets and beetles, which enjoy snacking on weed seeds. It’s crucial to keep your mulch about three inches thick to ensure you’re depriving the soil of oxygen. If you aren’t a fan of mulch in your yard, you can also deprive weeds of light with cardboard, newspaper or biodegradable fabrics.


If you feel like your yard is out of control, it may have something to do with your irrigation practices. This isn’t a problem you can procrastinate, as your weeds grow and the warm weather rolls in, the harder and more time consuming it is to get rid of them. We’d be more than happy to take a look at your landscape irrigation. Give your Jacksonville irrigation experts, Harrison Irrigation, a call before it’s too late.