The key to a healthy lawn starts in the spring. While grass is notorious for bouncing back after a long, cold winter, there are a few things you can do to help make your lawn look its best all summer long.
Rake Your Lawn
You may leave raking your lawn until the fall, but raking in the spring can have huge benefits. Your lawn is likely covered in thatch (dead or dying grass shoots), and while some thatch can be good for your lawn, too much can be damaging. In the spring, thatch can be a breeding ground for pests and disease to flourish in your lawn. Rake your lawn in the early spring so your lawn has a chance to recover.
Check the pH Level
You don’t need to be a scientist to test the pH level in your soil, and it’s an important step to ensuring your lawn is healthy in the spring. A high PH level will require some additional sulfate, while a low pH level will require lime.
Aerate Your Lawn
Over the winter, your lawn becomes compacted by the heavy snow and ice. It’s important to aerate your lawn early, when the grass is beginning to grow, as it will provide the grass with more water and nutrients. You can do this with aeration shoes or a push aerator.
Weed & Feed
Weeding and feeding your lawn is another important step, and something many homeowners swear by — but it’s important not to overdo it. In the late spring, spot-spray or pull your weeds and apply a slow-release fertilizer, but only if you’ve been able to identify that you have a major weed problem.
Cover Bare Spots
There’s nothing more unsightly in a green lawn than bare spots. In the spring, you’ll start to notice the areas of your lawn that are not growing back. Rake the affected areas, level them out with soil and apply grass seed. Water these patches regularly to ensure that they grow in healthy and green!
Seed Your Lawn
Established lawns and new lawns can both benefit from seeding, and spring is the best time of year to do it. Wait until the soil has warmed up as cold soil conditions can slow down growth. If you miss the window to seed your lawn in the spring, you can do it in the fall.
Know Your Varieties of Grass
If you’re seeding your lawn, or patching up bare spots, knowing your variety of grass is essential for maintaining a uniform look. Knowing the varieties can also help you choose the best grass your location and climate. For cooler seasons with fluctuating temperatures, grasses like ryegrass and fescues are perfect. Doing your homework and choosing the right grass could help you save money in the long-run.
Maintain Your Lawn Mower
Like your grass, your lawn mower has been sitting dormant over the past few months. Instead of getting it out of the garage or shed and using it right away, do a bit of maintenance on it first. Get your blades sharpened if they’re looking dull, fill it with fresh gas and replace the spark plug. Maintaining your lawn mower every season will help it last for years.