Since winter is about to end, now is the best time to pay some much-needed attention to your lawn and help bring it back to life after the past winter months. When it comes to lawn care, you need to take advantage of springtime, because this is the time when the soil is still soft and squishy, and the plants are still tender.
If you start doing lawn work as early as now, you are assured to have an impeccably lush and green lawn by the time summer and fall arrive.
Here are some of the tasks you need to do to have a head start on lawn care this spring:
Prime Weeding Season
Weeds such as dandelions, crabgrass, and nutsedge are the scourge of homeowners who have a front lawn to maintain. Thankfully, spring is a good time as any to start a weeding program for your lawn. If the weeds are in small patches and are far and in between, then hand weeding—or pulling the weeds away from the soil by hand—is the best method to go. Unfortunately, although this method is very effective, it can be a painstakingly slow process. If you don’t have the patience for it, or if there is a heavy infestation in your lawn, then you can use an organic or chemical herbicide instead.
Even Out Yard
After you have removed the weeds from your lawn, the next step is ensuring you have a leveled and gently sloping soil, free from peaks and valleys and bumps and lumps. Find the low spots in your yard, gauge their depth, start raking, and fill them with high-quality topsoil to ensure that the grass turf you seed will thrive.
Grass has trouble growing if your soil is too compact, preventing the oxygen, water, and nutrients from penetrating the grass roots. To alleviate this, aeration is done by puncturing the soil with small holes so that the essential elements it needs to survive can penetrate down to the roots, resulting into a healthier and more vigorous lawn. A few scenarios that commonly create the compacted soil are if your lawn receives daily abuse from heavy foot traffic, or if you just moved into a newly constructed home because the top soil has probably been stripped during construction work.
Before seeding your lawn, you need to make sure that the type of grass you choose is appropriate for your region. To achieve best results, invest in a top quality seed variety so that it will grow into a grass that has a high tolerance for drought and has a lush green color.
Water Only as Needed
Mornings are always the perfect time to water your lawn because the air is cooler and there is no wind. If you water the lawn in the afternoon, it will only evaporate right away. On the other hand, watering the lawn in the evenings will only make the droplets cling to the grass blades overnight instead of penetrating the soil. Too much watering could lead to mildew and fungus growth. A water-filled environment will result in a shallow root system whereas watering more sparingly encourages the grass roots to penetrate the soil deeper.
Timing is extremely important when feeding your lawn. Avoid fertilizing in the early days of spring; instead, wait until late spring, right before the start of summer as the last vestiges of cold weather or early heat waves can stress out the grass and dampen its growth.
Don’t mow the grass too short. Instead, shave only the top third of the grass when you mow. Having a taller grass encourages root development and blocks out the rays of the sun that the weeds will need in order to survive. Once you are done mowing, don’t bag the grass clippings; allow them to fall back onto the lawn for mulching purposes.
Lawn Care Equipment Maintenance
In order to achieve a professional look for your lawn on your own, you need to invest in lawn equipment such as a landscape rake, a wheelbarrow, a mower, a manual aerator, and a pair of pruning shears. Make sure to keep the blades sharp, not dull, and the machines well-oiled in order to get the most out of them.
When it comes to lawn care, you need to have all your bases covered early in spring in order to achieve a lush, well-manicured lawn for the summer. Keep these tips in mind and contact us if you’d like professional advice or assistance in caring for your lawn.
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