Cleveland, OH – As the U.S. continues to suffer possibly the worst winter we’ve seen in decades comprised of subzero temperatures, freezing rain, an abundance of snow and a widespread drought along the west coast, it’s clear that lawns and parks across the country will soon be in serious need of rejuvenation. While homeowners aren’t able to get to work just yet, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what purchases and measures will need to be taken once the snow and sludge melts away.
“As families and nature lovers look forward to spring, we understand that it’s much more enjoyable to spend time in a backyard or park that’s green and flourishing than in a lawn that’s scattered with bare spots and brown patches,” said Chris Lemcke, National Technical Director for Weed Man USA, North America’s leading lawn care franchise. “A lot of people mistakenly believe they can’t prepare for spring until all the snow is gone, but there are actually several things they can do while it’s still winter to get ready for the warmer climate and sunshine.”
To help outdoor enthusiasts proactively prepare their lawns once the weather improves, the lawn care experts at Weed Man USA (http://www.weedmanfranchise.com/
· Sharpen and uphold your lawn mower. This is a good starting point for spring and should be done on a regular basis moving forward. It’s also a good idea to get the oil changed and get your mower tuned up with new spark plugs to ensure it runs at its best and gives off less carbon emissions; a dull blade increases the mower’s resistance when cutting the lawn, consuming 22 percent more fuel than a mower with a sharp blade.
· Check your inventory. Look around your garage or shed to ensure that you will be able to access your lawn care tools this spring. This proactive inventory check will give you the opportunity to search for a replacement item at a discounted price in case any of your frequently-used tools are damaged or missing.
· Clean your tools. Optimize your hand tools, rakes, shovels, and heavy duty equipment by giving everything a quick scrub down. To remove rust, simply use an SOS pad and warm water.
· Remove debris from your lawn. Make an effort to keep your lawn free of sludge, leaves, and other debris as temperatures rise. Not only will this save you time when the sun really starts to shine, but it will also keep your grass protected from potential diseases during cold and wet spells.
· Develop a fertilizing schedule. Setting a fertilizing schedule is dependent on the type of fertilizer being used; more expensive fertilizers last longer so they do not need to be applied as often while the opposite is true for low-cost fertilizers. Most homeowners tend to buy the more inexpensive fast release fertilizers and then over apply it, which can lead to burning or disease. By researching the proper application timespan for the purchased fertilizer and putting fertilizing dates on the calendar, homeowners can avoid this common issue.
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About Weed Man
Weed Man USA, North America’s No. 1 franchised lawn care provider, is a network of locally owned and operated lawn care businesses providing environmentally responsible fertilization, weed control and integrated pest management services. For more than 40 years, Weed Man's promise has always been the same: Weed Man treats every lawn as if it was their own and provides customers with honest and open communication. Weed Man entered the U.S. market in 1995 through a licensing agreement with Turf Holdings, Inc. Today Weed Man helps support franchisees in more than 330 territories throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.weedmanfranchise.com.