When it comes to preparing and working on your lawn during spring, it all comes down to what you were up to during the fall months.
Once the temperatures start to rise, the soil gets heated up and the lawn will gradually start to rejuvenate itself. You need to give your lawn the chance to do this. Let’s consider some few basic tips for spring lawn care.
You Need to Begin During the Fall
This is a point that I feel I need to emphasize. When you take the proper maintenance steps during fall, the root system of your lawn will be well developed by the time the temperatures start to fall and snow finally comes.
During early spring, the grass will simply be waiting for a chance to burst from the ground. However, if you never took the necessary measures to keep your lawn in good condition during late fall, its rejuvenation during early spring may not be as vibrant.
Don’t Be Tempted to Begin Too Early
Having not seen your lawn for quite some time, chances are you are eager to start working on it as soon as you can see anything green. This however is not always the best course of action.
By working too early, the ground could compact under your feet making it difficult for the new shoots to establish themselves.
The best time to begin work on your lawn during spring time is when the grass has completely grown and the lawn finally looks green. Feel free to aerate or mow after this time.
Here is Our Spring Lawn care Tips for a Lush, Green Lawn
Step 1: Raking
There’s is a high chance that this was the last activity you performed on your yard before everything went cold. During early spring, pick up the rake again, go to your lawn and take out all the leaves, acorns and debris that has accumulated during previous months.
Ensure that your lawn is only grass. Thatch and branches should be taken out. The benefit of this is that you will be able to also spot sections that are depressed and those that are compacted.
Compacted soil makes it difficult for the roots to take hold and grow. This is when aeration comes into play to loosen the soil allowing the roots to develop.
Performing a PH Test
Spring is also the time to find out just how acidic your soil is. During cold winters the acidity of the soil may increase at a rapid rate. This makes it harder for grass to grow.
In order to test the PH level, you can simply get a PH testing kit from your local store. These are quite affordable and are simple to use. Grass grows best at a certain level of soil acidity.
If after testing you find that these levels have risen, start by spreading lime on the surface of the lawn. Make sure you do not over do it.
The lime will lower the PH acidity and take back the soil to the right condition for grass to thrive.
Reseeding Your Lawn
It is time to check for spots on your lawn where the grass is not growing. These blank patches could be as a result of compressed ground, too much footwork or just plain and simple neglect.
Now the completely best time for reseeding the lawn is during the fall. The new shoots are free from having to deal with the competing crabgrass. This is because the crabgrass will die off in the winter.
However, if you did not get a chance to do this during the fall, you can catch up during spring.
To deal with such situations, you need to overseed. There is a process to this. Once you put in the grass seeds, the next step is to provide it with a slow releasing nitrogen fertilizer. When the shoots starts to show, help them to grow quickly with a fast releasing nitrogen fertilizer.
To Fertilize or Not To Fertilize? That is The Question
The issue of whether or not to fertilize your lawn during spring may not be as straight forward as it seems. It depends on the type of grass that you have growing in your lawn.
There are two types of grasses, cool season and warm season grasses. If you have the cool season variety, and you took measures to fertilize it during late fall, then chances are high that it is still consuming the fertilizer even during the onset of spring. There is no need therefore to do this again.
If on the other hand you have warm season grass, the roots starts to function when the temperatures start to increase. It is therefore important to fertilize during spring for the grass to grow properly.
The Weed Menace
Weeds can be a real pain. Every time you think you’ve achieved the perfect lawn, some weirdo plant just pops up. The best time to deal with weed is during late fall. You have a chance to completely eliminate them before the next time the grass rejuvenates.
However, in case you failed to do this in the fall, you can still apply the proper measures during early spring. Note that when the grass is shooting, this is the best time. It is probably the time the “weedlings” are finding ground. You can apply herbicides and get them while they are still young. It is that much tougher to rid your lawn of them when they are mature.
Dealing With More Weed: Dandelions
Now some people may simply love how dandelions litter their lawn with yellow flowers. For others, it is a weed that needs a quick getting rid of. You can opt to deal with dandelions the manual way. This is by taking out the flower stems before they get the chance to produce seed.
The other option is to use a post emergent herbicide. While it’s most effective during fall, you can still make use of it during spring time.
So there you have it. Top spring lawn care tips that are easy to follow and apply. After performing these procedures, you will not only end up with a lush green lawn with strong root system, but you will not have to deal with the weeds or crabgrass.