As Spring comes about, you face the sometimes-daunting task of preparing your lawn for the warmer months ahead. Proper spring lawn care and maintenance is crucial if you want to create a thriving, beautiful lawn. Below are some spring lawn care tips you can implement to have a healthy lush carpet of green that complements your home’s aesthetics.
“When spring is in the air, the first crocuses and daffodils appear to mark the coming of the season. These early signs also tell to you that it’s time to get your lawn ready. The exact timing of lawn care tasks depends upon the climate in your region.”David Beaulieu, The Spruce
Thatch is the layer of organic matter that accumulates between the top of the grass and its root system. It comprises primarily dead plant material. Dethatching is an essential part of spring lawn maintenance.
Thatch that is more than ½ inch thick creates an organic barrier that prevents water, air, and nutrients from getting to the grassroots. A thick layer of thatch also makes the grass more vulnerable to diseases and may create a breeding environment for various insects.
You can dethatch your lawn using a special dethatching rake if the thatch is too dense for a regular rake. You can also use a power rake or a vertical mower. Of course, hiring a professional to do the job is always preferable.
Aeration involves using manual or mechanized equipment to puncture holes in the soil or remove soil cores from the ground. Aeration is important, especially if your lawn’s soil has become compacted.
Soil can be compacted due to foot traffic, resulting in soil that’s too dense for air, water, and nutrients to reach the grassroots. Aeration improves soil drainage and prevents puddle formation.
Generally, it is ideal to aerate your lawn in the fall, but it may be necessary to aerate during spring to bring your lawn back to health. You can aerate your lawn using a spike aerator or plug aerator available for rent.
4. Test Your Soil
Ideal soil PH for optimal growth is an important consideration if you want your lawn to thrive. Your grass won’t be able to absorb nutrients properly if the soil is too acidic or alkaline. Acidic soil also damages plant roots.
The best PH level for most plants ranges between 6.0 and 7.0. If you inspect your lawn following winter and find moss, this may indicate that the soil is too acidic. You can purchase a soil PH test kit to determine your lawn soil PH. If the soil is too acidic, applying lime can restore the ideal soil PH.
It is advisable to overseed your lawn in the fall because the new seeds will face less competition from weeds. However, if your lawn was left with bare patches following winter, it is beneficial to overseed during spring. Less sunlight during winter can cause your grass to thin.
Overseeding helps to thicken your grass and restore your lawn to its former lush self. Overseeding involves spreading grass seeds over your existing lawn using a lawn spreader suited to the task. You can use a handheld spreader or a drop/broadcast spreader, depending on the size of your lawn.
“Even an older, thin and dull looking yard of dry and fading green grass that has been worn-out by constant use as a play area for children or pets can be revitalized to display lush, opulent natural beauty with use of top grade overseeding techniques today.”Sara Butler, LawnCare.com
Other notable spring lawn care tasks include mowing high, spring weed control, fertilizing, watering, and eliminating grubs. Overall, there are many important steps involved in maintaining your turf and keeping it looking its best.
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