Now is the time to start planning for a spectacular spring green-up. By preparing your lawn now, you can ensure that it looks great all season long! In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to get your lawn ready for spring.
Preparation is Key to a Great Spring Green-Up
By following simple tips, you can ensure your lawn looks great as the weather improves and the growing season begins.
Rake and Remove Debris
Rake up leaves and other debris to prevent them from smothering the grass. Raking helps to improve air circulation and allows sunlight to reach the grass. It can also combat thatch.
Thatch is a buildup of dead blades of grass and other organic material that can become matted into your turf. This results in dead patches, as the thatch chokes off the airflow to the grassroots. Luckily, regular raking can help break up thatch and prevent issues. In fact, this step helps your lawn reach maximum growing potential.
Next, focus on aerating your lawn. This will help improve drainage and allow new grass seeds to take root. Aerating helps improve water absorption and prevents soil compaction. It’s a good idea to aerate in spring, just after the last frost. You can rent a gas-powered aerator or go low-tech and walk around your yard with a pitchfork. As long as the end result is a less compacted lawn, you’ll be in good shape.
Nourish and Fertilize
Yes, these can be two different things!
When we talk about nourishing your lawn, we mean caring for the soil. Nutrient deficiencies or a pH imbalance in your soil now can result in a sparse lawn come spring. Test your soil so you know what it needs. Thus, you can address the issue before your lawn starts springing back from winter dormancy.
Additionally, one of the most important things to do is to make sure that your lawn is properly fertilized. Despite the fact that your grass is dormant, your initial fertilizer application to your lawn will help develop a strong root system. This will help turn your grass green in the summer. And a good fertilizer will provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to grow thick and healthy. Fertilize your lawn using a slow-release fertilizer, making sure to apply the fertilizer in early spring, before new growth begins. This will help keep your lawn looking healthy all season long.
Make sure to water your lawn regularly, especially during times of drought. Watering helps your lawn stay green and prevents it from going dormant. It’s important to water deeply and evenly so that the roots of your grass can grow deep and strong. Deep watering keeps roots healthy regardless of weather and moisture changes.
Keep pests at bay by using organic pesticides or nematodes. These products are safe for your lawn and will help to get rid of any unwanted pests. Thus, your lawn will be healthier and your spring green-up will be uninterrupted by disease or pests.
If you’re concerned that your lawn is looking a bit patchy, consider overseeding it early in spring. Overseeding refers to the process of sowing seed over your existing grass. To do it, apply a starter fertilizer and lay the seed across the lawn. Be sure to keep the new seed moist until it has sprouted and is actively growing.
While you can try to apply seed only to the visible bare patches, it’s more common (and less tedious) to overseed the entire lawn to ensure that the lawn remains thick and healthy.
Mow Your Lawn
Give your lawn its first haircut of the year! The first time you mow in the spring, set the blade height to about two inches. This will help keep your lawn healthy and prevent it from scalping.
It’s never too early to start planning for a beautiful green-up come springtime. By following these tips, you can help ensure a beautiful spring green-up for your lawn! Or if you’re interested in starting fresh with new turf, the pros at The Turfgrass Group can help connect you to a local grower to install the highest quality lawn on your property to guarantee a spectacular spring green-up. tips in this blog post, you can improve the appearance of your lawn and make it look its best!