Spring is a favorite season for many homeowners. It is the time when your lawn is at its most beautiful phase — the flowers are blooming, plants are greener, with bees and butterflies flying around. Springtime is indeed the right time to turn your lawn into the perfection that it should be. Below are the secrets on how to prepare your lawn for the spring.
Even if the spring sun is starting to show up, there may still be traces of winter left on your lawn. Get a rake and remove dried leaves, dead plants and grass, broken limbs, and other debris that may have accumulated over the wintertime.
Mow off the dead grasses on your lawn. The number of times to mow your lawn will depend on how short you would want to cut your grass. Mowing your lawn regularly will encourage new growth, making it more attractive. Make sure not to mow more than 1/3 of the length to prevent lawn damage. You can also alternate the mowing direction as it promotes a healthy lawn and ensures that all the grasses are cut evenly
Aerating your lawn is very important especially if you have a compacted lawn or with clay-heavy soil. Aeration shouldn’t need to be expensive and can be done with some DIY skills. Aerating your lawn will improve the water uptake of your soil, minimize the thatch build-up, treat soil compaction, prevent water runoff and puddling, and many more.
It is common knowledge that you need to fertilize your lawn. However, not all lawns should be fertilized in spring. Make sure to test your soil first before fertilizing it to determine if your lawn lacks the necessary nutrients. Check the type of grasses on your lawn too. Cold-season grasses may benefit from spring fertilization while warm-season grasses may need to be fertilized in the summer and autumn.
- Control weed
Weeds can really cause havoc on your beautiful lawn. The best way to deal with it is to control it before it even germinates and gains a permanent residence on your lawn. You can use a pre-emergent herbicide on this as it can control crabgrass and other hard-to-remove weeds. Apply pre-emergent herbicide on your lawn during the early spring. However, if you fail to apply herbicide during the early spring and the weeds on your lawn have already overgrown, then calling professionals might just be the best option.
- Water regularly
Water is a very component of life. However, there are also instances when watering your lawn can cause them more harm than good. For instance, watering your lawn in the evening can cause the grass to rot especially if the blades of your grasses are too long. It is best to water your lawn early in the morning since the sun will be able to dry off the remaining water in the blades.
- Maintain landscaped areas
If you had some parts of the lawn landscaped, more or less, it also received a good beating during the winter season. Bring back the beauty of your hardscape by cleaning the area and removing the dead plants and other matters. You might also like to call a landscaping professional to make sure that your lawn will return to its perfect shape for the spring season.