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Tips for Denver Spring Lawn Inspections

February 26, 2016

Yard walk arounds and inspections for spring landscaping maintenance will help your landscape excel in the summer months.  Last week we discussed pre-spring yard maintenance tips. As the season is quickly approaching, we’re focusing on key areas of your landscape to inspect to ensure a beautiful outdoor sanctuary.  The glittering white blanket of snow may be covering potential problems that will need to be addressed once the snow melts. 
  • Evaluate any pruning needs and health care concerns:  Perform a walk-around inspection of your property and note any overgrown shrubs or branches that need to be cut back.  Note any defects in limbs as it is easier to see problem areas without leaves.  Branches can also break under the heavy weight of snow, creating a hazard to you, your family, and property.  Call your Denver landscaping professionals to assist in inspecting your landscape for any spring pruning or health care needs. 
  • Gray Snow Mold:  The first sign of gray snow mold may be seen after the snow melts; you will notice a moldy appearance in patches of your grass.  If the gray snow mold is severe, you will notice areas that are crusted white and matted together.  Gray snow mold tends to grow in areas along driveways, where snowdrifts tend to be blown, shaded areas, and north-facing lawns.  This fungus is active in lawns where temperatures are just above freezing, which is common here in Denver and along the Front Range.  Gray snow mold is better treated by raking over the area that is infected.  This promotes air circulation which should dry out the grass.  Applying fertilizer is also an option, as it will help the non-infected grass roots grow quicker. 
  • Assess Your Lawn:  Lawns can be tired after the seasonal stressors of winter.  After the snow melts your grass comes out of hibernation, the brown grass should turn back to a beautiful green landscape. Denver premier landscapers recommend at least one aeration a season for your lawn and can provide aeration, over-seeding, and top-dressing to revitalize your lawn.  Raking the area is also beneficial as it aerates the grass, reduces the compaction of soil after the heavy snow, and also enhances the grass’s ability to soak in water. To test to see if the brown areas will come back to life, lightly tug on the grass.  If the grass pulls out of the ground easily, it means the root system has died.  This actually makes reseeding easier!  As the root system is dead, you can easily pull out the dead areas of your lawn without removing the topsoil and prepare the area for seeding. 
  • Look for Signs of Rodent Activity:  After a snow melt it’s also very easy to see if there are signs of rodents, voles, and other pests.  Voles burrow in the snow in your yard and once the snow melts, long cores of soil will be seen in your lawn.  Voles and other rodents can cause problems during other times of the year, but most damage they cause is in the winter.  This is due to the fact that we cannot see the tunnel system under the snow, until the snow melts and the lawn is left riddled with tunnels, trails, and dead grass.  Premier Denver landscaping professionals can address your rodent problem and repair your damaged landscape back to its pristine beauty.
By caring for your lawn properly in the spring it can ensure a beautiful landscape for you and your loved ones to enjoy throughout the summer and into the cool fall evenings.  Let your Denver landscaping professionals take care of your spring lawn maintenance for you.  American Arbor Care will ensure that your lawn is properly aerated for the season, fertilized, seeded, and address any rodent or mold problems that your landscape may have.  Contact us today to schedule a yard inspection and learn more about the Denver landscaping services we offer.