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How to Prep Your Lawn for Spring

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Apr 22, 2016

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Spring is here! It's the perfect time to get out and start working on your lawn. There are plenty of things you can do to make your lawn the best it can be throughout the warm weather season. Discover some steps you can take to give your lawn a healthy start this spring. Enjoy!

Check the Condition of Your Lawn

An important step in your spring lawn care routine is to check the condition of your lawn. You can do this by raking the entire area. This allows you to see any damage that was done over the winter. You may uncover several bare areas that need grass seed or holes that need to be filled in. Or you may find some clumps of leaves that were overlooked when you raked last fall.

Test the Soil for Acidity

Use a soil pH test to gauge the level of acidity in your lawn. These tests are available at home and garden stores. Unfortunately, wintertime weather can raise the level of acidity in soil. It's hard to grow healthy grass in soil that is overly acidic. Spread lime over the soil if the test shows an elevated level of acid.

Fertilizing

Spring is the time to fertilize warm-season grasses. As temperatures rise, warm-season grasses quickly absorb nutrients in the fertilizer. You want to make sure that the fertilizer is in place so your warm-season grasses can begin to flourish over the next few months.

Kill Weeds

Many people treat their lawns with weed killer during the fall. But if you know your lawn is vulnerable to a lot of weeds in the springtime, you can apply pre-emergent weed killer now. Use the weed killer sparingly so you don't mistakenly kill any healthy grass.

Seeding Bare Spots

If you found bare spots on your lawn while you were raking, you can put down some seed to spark new grass growth. It's a good idea to aerate the area at the same time so the new seed can fall down into the holes and take root. Grass starts to grow when the soil reaches a temperature of 50 degrees, so I suggest you make plans to address those bare areas in your yard as soon as possible. You want the newly planted grass to have plenty of time to grow!

Removing Dead Grass Tops

Check the oil in your lawn mower and pull it out of your garden shed! Early spring is an ideal time to give your lawn a trim to remove dead grass tops. When the dead grass tops are removed, it allows your lawn access to the sunlight it needs to grow!

Add Some Extra Interest to Your Yard

Along with caring for your lawn, you may want to add a couple of extra touches to your yard to make it more inviting. For example, you may want to set up a birdbath. This is a great way to attract a variety of birds to your lawn. Gazing globes, a tire swing, and a birdhouse are other additions that can make your yard all the more appealing.

Good luck with your springtime lawn care, and thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: getting your lawn ready for spring

 

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