Spring is right around the corner and during the next your lawn will experience a lot of growth. It is the perfect time to do some corrective touches that will repair the damage caused by winter and make your yard visually appealing. Spring is a chance for a fresh start, and it is wise to prepare your yard for the coming months and ensure it stays healthy and happy all year round.
Spring lawn preparation should start in early spring so that your yard has everything it needs to grow and morph into healthy turf. Below are some spring lawn preparation tips you can implement on your property.
All the snow, ice, hail, sleet, rain, and wind will have taken a toll on your yard and the landscaping, filling the lawn with debris such as small shrubs, dead leaves, and tree limbs, among other things. Early spring is the time to get rid of debris so that you can encourage new growth. Ideally, you will want to clean up and remove any dead shrubbery, and debris so that you have a good idea of what you are starting with. Taking care to know the health status of your overall landscape will help you to set your plan for spring lawn preparation.
After removing dead limbs and shrubs, you will want to rake. You should do a deep raking instead of skimming the surface so that you can reach down and remove the thatch along with the debris. This will help to remove unwanted thatch. When raking, you will have an opportunity to survey the various sections of your yard to determine which areas might need some extra care, such as zones with matted patches caused by snow mold.
You also need to consider applying some pre-emergent herbicides if you have an issue of annual weeds. You should do this early so that it paves the way for the fertilization of your grass and avoid feeding the weeds while at it. Follow the instructions on how to apply the herbicide so that your weed control application can be effective.
Weed Control And Fertilizing
Healthy grass relishes the spring months, a time when the heat is just right, there is ample sunlight, and the moisture creates the ideal environment that encourages rapid growth. But the invasive weeds seem to love the spring months more than your grass does; that is why you should have your weed control game in check for spring lawn preparation.
As you prep your lawn for spring and the other coming seasons, you do not want to leave any chances for weeds to thrive. They will compete with your lovely grass for nutrients and sunlight, eventually becoming the dominant element and choking out the grass. Therefore, you should get rid of the weeds, and if possible, pulling them out from the roots and spraying a pre-emergent herbicide on problem areas.
Once you are done with weeding, you then can focus on fertilizing the ground to ensure it has all the nutrients needed to grow. Use high-quality fertilizer and apply it early enough to allow the fertilizer to seep into the soil and so that it is ready for the growing grass sprouts.
Spring Lawn Preparation – Compaction And Aerating
Raking and getting rid of the debris and weeds is part of landscape cleaning and maintenance, but this process should also address the issue of compaction. The level of traffic that your yard experiences through the year becomes more evident around the end of winter and the start of spring. The signs of decline will be apparent from how the grass shoots up. If you see any presence of moss, then know you have a compaction problem that you should fix during your spring lawn preparation.
Lawn aeration is the most effective way of addressing the compaction. When should I aerate? This spring lawn preparation practice can be done mid-way through spring as you prep your yard for the coming months. Aeration supports fertilization, and you can have the two go hand in hand. Aerating also encourages new growth, resulting in grass that looks robust and healthy. However, do not overdo things. Aerate the lawn moderately so that you avoid interrupting the grass growth.
If you come across moss plants, then your yard has an acidity problem, which you can correct by applying lime. Please note that weeds prefer acidic lawns, while grass loves a neutral pH. In addition, keep in mind that the liming takes time before it takes effect. Furthermore, liming is only a corrective measure meant to lower the acidity of your lawn and make it favorable for the grass to grow. You, therefore, should know the pH of your yard to determine the lime per square foot you need for your spring lawn preparation.
Irrigate Sparingly And Hold Off The Mowing
You might have the urge to water your grass once you see the new shoots of grass growing. However, there is generally plenty of water in the ground in the early spring months due to rain. Wait to water until the weather starts becoming warm. Doing this will allow the grass to have firm roots. If you must water the grass, then do it sparingly as you focus on the patches that have a less springy growth than the rest of the yard. Water once or twice a week, depending on the amount of rain and weather conditions.
As for mowing, you should hold off until the grass has grown significantly and has strong support. Mowing your grass too early can agitate the grass. Let the grass grow and be an inch or two taller than your mower blade. Remember to irrigate your lawn first then give it a day or two before you mow the grass. Do not mow new grass shoots when the weather is wet, and avoid walking on the grass to allow it to sprout and be healthy and robust.
Re-Seeding and Spring Lawn Preparation
By this point in the spring lawn preparations, you will have noticed sections of the yard that have little to no growth. You may want to consider re-seeding these patches. Keep in mind that the problem could be caused by pre-emergent weed control.
Avoid planting new grass in sections that have a weed problem. Focus on the areas that are not affected by the herbicide. When reseeding, make sure you cover the affected areas evenly. Irrigate the earth often in the re-seeded patches more than on the healthy grass.
Final Notes on Spring Lawn Preparation
Early spring lawn preparation is the key to robust growth and healthy grass. If you follow the tips given above, then you will be well on your way to a happy and healthy lawn. Spring is the ideal time to give your yard the extra love and attention it needs to recover from the crippling grip of winter and have a weed-free growth for the rest of the year. Not sure if your schedule allows the time needed for spring lawn preparation? Contact the lawn care experts of Lee’s Summit, Summit Turf Services, today!