Spring will be here before you know it, but is your lawn as ready as you are? If you need ideas for landscaping your yard to look its best by the time the warmer weather hits, you’ve come to the right place. Take these steps for spring lawn preparation.
Raking your lawn may seem like it should be over and done with when you take care of the last leaves from your trees in the fall and winter, but raking should be done in the spring as well.
In the spring, a layer of thatch can begin to build up and cause problems later on if not taken care of properly. Luckily, taking care of it is as easy as pulling out your rake from its fall hiding place and going over your lawn again. If you want to make it even easier in the spring, keep your yard well-raked in the fall and winter.
If you want to take the raking a step further to ensure your lawn will be as healthy as possible, getting your lawn aerated is a smart thing to do. Aeration puts small holes in the soil, allowing for water, fertilizer, and air to get deeply in the soil and give you a stronger, healthier lawn. Over the winter soil can get very compacted, and aerating it relieves the pressure and helps the roots grow deeper.
pH Balance It
While this isn’t one of the more common lawn practices, pH balancing your yard can cure it of many problems you may not even know it had. You should first test the pH level of your lawn and find out if it is too acidic or not. If your lawn is testing below 6.0, it is acidic and adding lime will help stabilize the soil’s acidity. (pH test kits and lime are available at most garden centers.)
Generally speaking, 1 pound of lime spread over 10 square feet of lawn will raise the pH by 1.
Every lawn has trouble spots, but they can be taken care of by overseeding and with a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer. The best time to seed your lawn as a whole is during late fall/early winter, because there aren’t weeds to compete with the grass.
By the spring, overseeding combined with the fertilizer will help grass to fill in the bare spots, leaving you with a full, lush lawn. Remember that using too much fertilizer can actually harm grass growth. Consult with a lawn care professional if you need help determining how much is right to use for your specific lawn.
Even the most perfect lawns get weeds. The difference is those with perfect lawns know how to get rid of them and keep them from coming back. It is important to use the right kind of weed killer for your climate and specific lawn to prevent more problems.
It takes a continuous effort to keep your yard free of weeds, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Aeration and overseeding both play a role in getting rid of weeds and are most effective if done at the right times.