3 Tips to Start Your Lawn’s Year Off Right

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With each new year comes a fresh start. Not only can you start on your resolutions, but your lawn can, too! If you want the best looking lawn in the neighborhood, you need to get a head start before spring comes around. As your irrigation experts in Jacksonville, we’ve come up with some tips that can really help your lawn start the year off right.


Start Pruning

Winter is actually the perfect time to bring out your pruners and cut away those undesirable branches from your shrubs or trees. According to the Chicago Botanic Garden, these plants will be dormant from the cooler weather. Since their leaves will be mostly, if not all gone, it’ll be easier to see which branches are diseased or rubbing. You’ll definitely want to remove these branches to avoid spreading any disease or insect damage.


Wait for a relatively warm day and take your time pruning so the plant stays symmetrical despite removing some of the canopy. Have someone help you by watching you prune and making sure everything stays balanced. Also, make sure you prune safely by wearing gloves, long sleeves and protective eyewear.


Install Drainage

Since Jacksonville’s ground tends to not freeze during winter, it could be a great opportunity for you to install French drains. Compared to other elaborate drainage systems, French drains are a cost effective way to help your yard look its best. When spring’s rain showers come, it’ll drain wet spots and standing water in your yard. Our team can easily install these drains so it goes unnoticed while making the water flow where you’d like. You won’t have to worry about puddles ruining your hard work!


Test Soil

If your lawn or garden’s appearance didn’t live up to your expectations in the past year despite your efforts, you may need to test your soil. You want your soil’s minerals to be balanced and if they’re not, you want to know which fertilizer you should get that would work best for your lawn. A test will show each mineral’s level.


When you’d like to test your soil, dig a hole about a foot in the ground. Cut an inch of soil from the wall of the hole about halfway down and place it in a bucket. Go ahead and repeat this about four times throughout your yard. Mix the samples and send it to a lab that tests soil. Once you know your results, you can buy the perfect fertilizer to get your lawn looking its best.

Everyone wants a beautiful garden once springs rolls around. Without taking the necessary steps now, it may take your landscape even longer to look the way you pictured. When you need the perfect drainage system for your lawn or garden, don’t hesitate to call Harrison Irrigation. We’ll give you an honest evaluation of what could work best for your property so you can get the most out of it this spring. We can’t wait to work with you!