5 Spring Lawn Care Tips
Is Your Lawn Ready for Spring?
Spring is the time of year when the days get warmer and the hum of lawnmowers again fill the air. Homeowners like to take care of their lawns and tend to spend a lot of money on products. So here are five tips to help you.
1. Clean & Repair Your Lawn – If you have taken good care of your lawn regularly, all you need to do is a light raking once the ground has dried up. Problem areas should be addressed quickly. One common problem is uneven ground. For this you should cut away areas that are raised and fill those areas that are depressed. Another issue is soil compaction. This is common in high-traffic areas but it makes it difficult for grass to take root allowing weeds to take over. You can loosen your soil using an aerator by removing small plugs of soil.
2. Plant Seed – Once you have cleaned and repaired your lawn you may need to re-seed bare areas. Before choosing a seed, determine which varieties will work best in your area. If you need to spread seed over a large area using a spreader will work best. Now once you have planted the seed water it regularly to maintain moisture and fertilize it with a slow release product. Don’t mow the grass until it has reached 3-4 inches in height removing no more than ½ inch at a time.
3. Fertilize Your Grass – Once your grass is well-established, you can encourage it by applying some fertilizer. Fertilizer can help your lawn to grow thick and lush, but if not used properly it can damage your lawn. It should be applied early in the spring when the grass is just beginning to grow. Applying it too early or too late can stress the grass. Check the packaging for best instructions. Herbicides can be used to treat a widespread weed infestation or as a spot-treatment for isolated problems. Having a thick, heavy lawn is the best way to discourage weeds.
4. Mow Your Lawn – Mowing your grass is not just a simple as starting the lawnmower and pushing it back and forth over your lawn. The height and frequency are important to the health of your lawn. Cutting your grass too short removes the nutrients that are stored in the leaf blades and exposes the soil to the heat of the sun. Mow your lawn only often enough that you are only removing the top 1/3 of the blade. The smaller clippings are easier to decompose (don’t bag the clippings; they are good for the soil).
5. Equipment Maintenance – A little service and preventative maintenance on your lawnmower and trimmer will help prevent them from breaking down during the season. Before you put your equipment away remove the gas & oil and clean the equipment. In the spring you can remove the blades to sharpen them, fill the oil tank with fresh oil, and replace the air filter and spark plug.
Winter can alter the soil’s PH, compact the soil and create weed-friendly conditions, so it’s crucial to properly clean, fertilize and mow your lawn early in the spring season.
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