Spring is upon us: Is your lawn ready for the new season? Discover what you can do to make sure your lawn is ready to flourish in the spring and summer months.
- Seed the Bare Patches on Your Lawn. If you have a lot of bare or discolored patches on your lawn, try overseeding. Overseeding involves throwing down some grass seed and a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer. After the grass starts to germinate, put down a fast-release nitrogen fertilizer to complete the process.
- Rake Your Yard. Raking your yard at this time of year removes thatch along with twigs, sticks, stray leaves, and other debris. Plus, as you rake, you're removing matted patches of discolored grass and snow mold. So get that rake out of your garden shed and put it to good use!
- Check for Compacted Soil. Compacted soil occurs in well-traveled areas of a lawn. When soil is compacted, it's very difficult for grass roots to take hold. Aerating your lawn allows oxygen and sunlight to reach the roots of your grass.
- Pull Weeds. Already? Yes! Part of preparing your lawn for the springtime involves pulling those stray weeds that have crept in to get a leg up on the competition. There are some organic weed control solutions available if you want to be even more proactive about keeping those weeds at bay.
- Tune Up Your Lawnmower. Of course, you want your lawnmower to be ready to roll when the time comes this spring. Changing its oil, replacing the air filter, putting in new spark plugs, and wiping it down with a damp cloth are all part of getting your mower prepared for the first trim of the spring. Don't forget to buy some fuel while you're at it.
- Fertilize Your Lawn. It's best to fertilize your lawn about three weeks after your lawn starts turning green. You want to avoid fertilizing too early because it can promote weed growth.
- Get Rid of Grubs. Did you contend with grubs on your lawn last year? If you did, there's a good chance the same will happen this spring. Grubs hibernate beneath a lawn and start to come up in the late spring. If you treat your lawn for grubs now, you can head off the problem before the grubs hatch.
- Neaten the Edges of Flower Beds. Mowing your grass is a lot easier when there's a distinct line dividing your lawn and the flower beds. So take time now to do some edging work to neatly arrange the mulch or soil in your flower beds. I think it's a great idea to make a flower bed border using brick, decorative stone, or rubber landscape edging. This makes your yard look all the more appealing.
- Water Your Lawn, if Necessary. If you live in an arid area that experiences droughts, then water your lawn regularly just as you have over the winter months. If you live in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, or North, the spring rainfall should provide your lawn with enough water, but if there's a dry spell, you can give it some water to help it along.
- Mow Your Lawn. You know it's time to mow your lawn when your grass has grown long enough to cut and the ground is dry. Be sure to research the optimal length for the type of grass you have in your yard.
I hope you enjoy all of the preparations involved in making your yard beautiful this spring and summer. Thanks for reading. - Alan