With warmer days and spring cleaning on our minds, people across the country are gearing up for a deep clean of their homes. And while you’re getting into every crevice in the house, don’t forget the yard outside.

Remember that outdoor maintenance can be just as important as indoor work for keeping your home in top shape and ready for living. A recent survey showed 91 per cent of Canadians spend up to six hours per week on yard work at their home. With the right kick-off strategy and tools, you can minimize your work throughout the year.

Wait until your lawn is dry. Keep yard maintenance minimal while your grass is still wet. Heavy foot traffic on a wet lawn may damage the grass and its roots, causing more work later if you need to re-sod.

Clean up debris. During the winter, a blanket of snow may cover any remaining debris in your yard, but now that the snow has melted, it’s time to clean up any leaves you may have missed, branches that have fallen, and any garbage in the area.

Prepare for your first cut of the season. The grass may be fragile, so it’s important to use sharp blades for a clean cut and no tears. Ideally, cut no more than a third of the height of the grass to maintain healthy growth and a lush lawn. Stihl’s Lithium-Ion mowers are lightweight and powerful for easy maneuverability to shorten the time spent on the task.

Aerate your lawn. From dealing with thatch and water pooling to weed and insect resistance, starting the season off with aeration will help keep your lawn healthy during the spring and summer months. It’ll also minimize any additional work needed to address these issues.

Consider composting. This sustainable activity puts organic household waste and garden refuse like grass cuttings, tree and hedge trimmings, leaves and withered flowers to good use. Compost will create a natural fertilizer containing the valuable nutrients that you need for a healthy garden and lawn.

Find more information on lawn care tools online at stihl.ca

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