The smell of fresh grass, the sound of birds chirping, a crisp breeze flowing through the air. It can only mean one thing: spring is here! With the arrival of spring comes the challenge of spring lawn care.
Taking care of your lawn in the spring can prepare your yard for the rest of the year. But, what do you need to do to make sure your lawn grows thick and healthy this summer? Keep reading, and we’ll explain six spring tasks that will foster the perfect lawn.
The first step for preparing your lawn for spring is doing a deep rake. When the weather warms up, it can reveal leftover dead leaves and thatch on the ground. Thatch is a layer of dead grass that rests between the green grass and its roots.
Raking deeply can create separation between layers of thatch. If you don’t create separation, your grass will struggle to grow. When greenery begins to show up on your lawn, that means it’s time to start raking.
When you start raking, use a flexible leaf rake because it will be gentler on your lawn.
Your next step on this list of spring yard tips is aerating your lawn. Aerating your lawn creates openings in the ground that let water and air into the soil. This reaches the roots of the grass and promotes growth.
When you have compacted spring soil, you should start aerating then. Using a hand aerator or renting one from a hardware store is more affordable than buying one.
When debating how to prepare your lawn, your priority should be having healthy soil. Having healthy soil will lead to healthy grass growth.
Sending a soil sample to your local soil testing service can determine how acidic your soil is. Grass thrives in a neutral pH soil. To acid or not acidic enough can result in moss, weeds, and poor grass growth.
After getting your results, you can either add lime to the soil to reduce acidity. Or, add compost to increase the pH of your soil if it is too alkaline.
Dog spots, traffic, and neglect can all lead to patchy lawns. Overseeding is a solution to this problem because you’re applying new seeds over already growing grass. Overseeding the entire lawn can keep all areas thick and healthy.
After adding seed, keep the seeds moist until they begin growing. Adding fertilizer will feed new grass the nutrients it needs to grow.
Fertilizing your lawn is an essential year-round process. You can fertilize lawns with compost, mulch, or chopped-up lawn clippings if you’re looking for an organic alternative to chemicals.
But, the most effective fertilizer has chemical nutrients specific to grass. Providing a light sprinkling of fertilizer across your lawn in the spring can help boost early growth.
Your lawnmower has been sitting in the garage all winter. Before you need to start mowing your lawn, you should take your mower in for a tune-up. Having a mower in peak condition makes it easier to care for your lawn throughout the season.
Sharpening the mower blades will lead to a crisper, more even cut. Double-check your oil. Finally, try starting your lawnmower and make sure it’s still running.
Spring lawn care is the key to lawn success the rest of the year. Raking, aerating, feeding, checking your soil, and taking care of your lawnmower is essential to a good lawn.
Taking care of a lawn is a delicate balance between all six of these elements. That’s why Every Season Landscape and Lawn Care is here to help. We want to make sure you have the lawn of your dreams throughout the year. Contact us today and start giving your lawn the care it deserves.