As professional lawn care technicians, people often ask us about what they can do in the spring to ensure that they have luscious green lawns by summer. It’s important to start early. Taking the following steps will get the lawn looking great and put it on the path to growing healthy throughout the spring and summer:
Start by getting out a rake to remove thatching throughout your yard. Thatching can occur when snow accumulates on your lawn. It can lead to instances of mold growth and other issues with the grass. By breaking it up now, many problems can be prevented.
Even the Ground
Check for areas of the ground that may be uneven, and take the time to fix it now. If the ground is too high, the grass could get scalped by the mower. Try leveling it by using a shovel. If the ground is too low, there may be issues with drainage. Try filling these areas in before reseeding the lawn.
Check the condition of the soil. If it’s compacted, it’s going to be very difficult to get water to the roots of your grass. To find out if your soil is compacted, try using a garden shovel. See if you can make a 2-inch hole into the soil. If you can’t, we can help you aerate your lawn to break up the soil and make it easier to water.
Balance pH Level
Have the soil tested to make sure that the pH level is balanced. If the grass has a lower acidity level, it could help to add lime to the grass. The amount of lime added is important. If there is too much added, the grass will become too alkaline, which could cause other issues.
If there are bare spots in the lawn, now is the time to lay seed. Wait until it’s 65 degrees Fahrenheit on a regular basis. Check the soil, and choose the right kind of seeds to use based on the climate in which you live. Then, use a seed spreader.
Treat for Weeds
Weeds can cause huge headaches for homeowners. We recommend using a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring. This will prevent weeds from growing.
Fertilizer will help the grass grow thick and lush. We recommend using a slow release nitrogen, but it will depend on the needs of the lawn. Then, plenty of water should be added to help the fertilizer sink deep to the roots.
We’ve found that one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make with mowing is that they cut the grass too short. Doing so will open up the grass to weeds, pests, fungus growth, and more. The recommended height of the grass depends on the type of grass.
We can help you with your lawn care needs to make sure that your grass is green and healthy this spring and summer.