How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Warmer Days
As the cold weather fades away, you will want to get your mower ready and be sure it is in good working order. You are about to start giving it a weekly workout again. Take it to your local shop to make sure that it gets a complete tune-up and if necessary new blade so that it is ready to efficiently cut the grass again.
Clean up your lawn
Remove any debris that has made its home on your lawn. Pick up sticks that have accumulated, rake up any leaves that have accumulated, and check for thatch. Thatch will be a gray-brown patch of dead blades of grass mushed close to your soil. If do you have thatch, you will want to be sure to remove it. That way, any watering and fertilizing you do will be effective.
Check for crabgrass and other weeds
You will want to remove any crabgrass from your lawn before you work on aerating or reseeding it. Be sure that you remove crabgrass by pulling up the roots using a garden fork, and do not pull on the leaves. It is important to get all of the roots up when dealing with weeds, so they do not keep coming back.
If when weeding and working on cleaning your yard you discover that the soil is compacted, then you need to aerate it. By pulling up small cores of soil, you can help ensure that fertilizer and water will get down to the roots. Your local hardware store might have an aeration tool you can rent for this purpose, but contacting a professional lawn care company is always a good idea.
Reseed your lawn if necessary
Should your lawn have bald patches, reseeding will be necessary. Mix seed with soil and sprinkle it wherever your lawn is thin or has holes. Be sure to water your lawn thoroughly to ensure its overall health and to help your seeds germinate.
Fertilize your lawn
Fertilize your lawn to get essential nutrients to it and make it stronger. Strong roots mean that your lawn will be healthier and greener. Consider using an organic fertilizer to maximize your lawn’s health.
Mow your lawn high
Many people mow their lawns too close to the ground. To help deter the growth of weeds by keeping seeds from settling in your lawn and to help promote a greener, thicker lawn, leave your lawn around 2” high.
Deep-water your lawn
Finally, you will want to water your lawn for a longer period in order to get deep down to the roots. You will want water to get down about 5” into your soil and lawn’s surface. It is better to water more infrequently for longer periods than it is to water often. Be sure you water in the mornings or evenings, particularly as days become warmer.
Consider hiring a lawn care professional
Preparing your lawn for the spring takes a lot of work. Rather than spending your spare time on lawn care, let the experts at Go Green take over. Contact our Glen Mills lawn care experts today, and we will get all of your spring lawn preparation done while you are off doing the activities you enjoy.