Beautiful lawns aren’t reserved for only the most majestic properties. No matter the season, the size of your lawn, or the current state of your grass, there are things you can do to improve your lawn’s health. So, come summer, your lawn will be the talk of the block.
So, roll up your sleeves, put on your mud boots, and grab your garden tools. Here’s how you can get to work to cultivate a healthy lawn in any season:
1. Practice patience
Our first step requires no work at all! In all seriousness, resisting the urge to jump on your lawn care is always a good idea. If your lawn was properly prepped last fall, it shouldn’t have trouble coming back. While there is some work you’re going to need to do, you should wait until your lawn is more green than not. This gives your grass ample time to dry out, reducing the risk of damaging its root structures.
2. Break out the rake
Your first real lawn care job this spring should be to rake your grass. If you spent every weekend during the fall cleaning up after leaves, a rake is probably the last thing you want to see. But, raking is a vital step to the overall health of your lawn. While there’s probably very few fallen leaves left over, there is usually thatch covering healthy grass. Thatch is made up of dead grass and has a nasty way of smothering new growth. Raking helps get thatch out of the way, giving new grass room to grow.
3. Let it breathe
If your winter was particularly wet or snowy, your grass may have suffered a lot of compaction. Heavy weight on grass, whether it’s dormant or not, tends to force it down. Room for air in soil is just as important as the air your grass breathes. Water and nutrients need to be able to move freely from the surface to the roots of the grass. When the soil is compacted, absorption can’t happen, causing die-off. If you notice a lot of moss growth on the soil of your lawn, you need to aerate. This will allow the soil to breath and jump start new growth.
4. Food for growth
By this point, bare spots and brown grass might be driving you crazy. If your lawn is less than green, you might be worried that it will never get there in time for your first summer barbeque. You can remedy bald or brown spots during the spring, though. Resist the urge to spread grass seeds over sparse spots. Instead, focus your efforts on fertilizing your lawn instead. Your fertilizer of choice can add an extra punch to your grass’s food source as it continues to wake up.
5. Weed control
After raking, aerating, and fertilizing, you can turn your focus to weeding. This is usually every homeowner’s least favorite job. Weeds are not only an eye sore, but drain your grass of the vital nutrients it needs to grow strong for the summer. Any major weeds can be pulled at the root to prevent them from coming back. For really tough growth, consider using herbicide treatment. Even organic herbicides can be effective at combating weed growth, giving your grass the room it needs to flourish.
6. Trim and mow
When your grass has been prepped, primed, and given the chance to recover, it’s time to break out the mower. It’s best to leave mowing for last, as you want to give you lawn ample time to recover and absorb vital nutrients to grow. If you haven’t already, you should have done any repairs and replace mower parts so it’s in good shape for its first run. Doing this before jumping into mowing ensure your grass won’t suffer any damage from a poorly-run mower.
Putting a little hard work into your lawn now means you can sit back, relax, and enjoy it all summer long. When you know how to care for your lawn, not just in the spring, you’ll have a healthier result all year round.