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Shadow or No Shadow?

February 1, 2017

In the dead of winter, only two things are certain about the weather. One is that there’s nothing certain about the weather. Two is that come February 2nd we’ll all be looking to the world’s furriest meteorologist for his forecast on Groundhog Day.

There’s no scientific proof that these psychic ground squirrels can predict the weather, but when it comes to lawncare, it’s better safe than sorry. Whether it’s shadow or no shadow, here are some tips to make sure you and your lawn are ready for snow or spring.

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Shadow and Six More Weeks

While it seems odd that sunny weather would signal the late arrival of spring, we’ll save the questioning of the groundhog lore for another day. The first thing you’ll want to do is accept that there could be snow, and a lot of it. That snow blower you keep saying you’ll buy next year, well it’s next year. Your future self will thank you.

Besides clearing sidewalks and the driveway, winter lawn care is pretty low maintenance. Just be sure to keep debris and unnecessary foot traffic off the lawn, and upon springs eventual arrival your yard should be good to go.

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No Shadow and Early Spring

Congratulations, it happened to be cloudy on February 2nd and the little scaredy squirrel stayed out of its burrow. That means spring is practically here, and you can get started on that lawn prep. Even better news, the first step is to hold your horses. It may be tempting to get out there with a mower the first time temps break 60, but hold off. Give your yard some space and a chance to turn green. 

Once it finally does, you’ll want to start with the rake or de-thatcher to check for any dead or compacted areas. If your yard is compacted, an aerator is the right tool to get your yard back in shape and ready for summer.

Be ready for whatever the great ground gopher predicts with some help from DirectBuy. Don’t delay, schedule your overview today!  

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