I don't know about you, but I'm already celebrating the arrival of spring. I love to hear the birds singing on especially warm, sunny mornings. There are several things you can do in early springtime to nurture a healthy, beautiful lawn. Take a look at some simple steps that can give you a lawn you can be proud of. Enjoy!
Checklist for Yard Preparation
- Rake the lawn. Raking your lawn removes thatch. Thatch consists of dead grass, decaying leaves, and layers of roots. A buildup of thatch on a lawn can lead to diseased grass. Raking also allows you to get a good look at your lawn to see if there is any damage.
- Trim your lawn to a short length. This helps to get rid of dead grass at the surface level so the roots of your lawn can get the sunlight they need to grow.
- Aerate your lawn. Most people aerate their lawns in the fall, but spring is also a good time to get this done. Aerating allows nutrients and air to circulate throughout a lawn. Plus, aerating helps with new root growth.
- Put down grass seed. When you put down grass seed early in the spring, it gives the seeds time to take root. One idea is to put down the seed right after aerating the lawn. The seeds drop into the holes made by aeration and enjoy the added protection of being underground. Pay special attention to bare areas of your lawn.
- Fertilize your lawn. Fertilizing should be done when the grass is really starting to grow, around the middle of April. If you put fertilizer down too early, the grass can grow too thickly and interfere with the healthy development of the roots. It's a good idea to apply a light layer of fertilizer again around Memorial Day.
- Water your lawn. Early spring brings plenty of rain, which can supply your lawn with an adequate amount of water. It's time to water the lawn when you start to get long stretches of dry days.
- Uncover plants. If you put coverings on and around your plants for the winter, you can remove them. Also, if you put mulch around your trees or plants, you can remove that, too.
- Examine your lawn for disease. Take several minutes to walk around your lawn looking for fungus or mold. As the winter snows melt, it can create the perfect environment for mold or fungus. If you see either of these things, it's best to call a professional lawn care company to take care of the problem.
- Plan your garden. Get a piece of paper and sketch out where you want to put the vegetables in your garden, or plan out how you want to organize your flower garden. You can even make little signs for different areas of your garden. Better yet, ask your kids to make some garden signs and attach them to posts that can be stuck into the dirt.
Enjoy the arrival of spring and all of the wonderful sights and sounds it has to offer. Thanks for reading! - Alan