Spring is the time to begin getting your yard ready for warmer weather. Follow these spring lawn care tips to keep your landscape beautiful all summer long.
Get Your Lawn Ready
The first step when starting your spring lawn care is a light raking to remove thatch and uncover any problem areas. Uneven ground and bare spots will result in issues later in the season.
It’s important to level out high and low spots in the lawn. If they aren’t remedied, the mower will dig into high areas and puddles will form in low areas. Use a shovel to fill in depressions or sunken areas and to lower raised spots in the yard.
Test your lawn for soil compaction by sticking a garden fork into the high-traffic areas. If the fork cannot penetrate at least two inches, you’ll need to loosen these dense spots. Grass doesn’t grow well in compacted soil, though some weeds will grow better there.
Reseed During Spring Lawn Care
If you notice areas that are brown or bare, add grass seed. It might be worth it to have a soil test completed to understand what type of fertilizer to use. After raking, spread seed throughout your yard. Measure your lawn so you know how much seed is needed and use a broadcast spreader for even distribution. After spreading grass seed, water it regularly to encourage new growth.
Spring Lawn Care Includes Fertilizing the Grass and Applying Herbicide
Add fertilizer about 4-6 weeks after you’ve seeded the bare spots. Herbicides are useful in cases where you have widespread weeds. Use a pre-emergent herbicide if you didn’t have to spread new grass seed, which will kill the weeds before they sprout.
Learn To Mow Correctly
One of the most important lawn care tips is to adjust the mower to the correct height. Don’t cut the grass too short. Taller grass withstands heat more effectively and grows deeper roots, which keeps weeds to a minimum. Longer grass retains water better because it shades the soil.
Remove the top one-third of the grass when mowing. Smaller clippings will decompose easily and won’t stress the yard. It’s not necessary to use a bag when mowing because those small clippings add nutrients to the soil as they decompose.
Maintain Your Mower
Service your lawnmower in the spring so it works well throughout the summer. Change the spark plug and sharpen the blade. Check the oil and replace the oil filter. Brush off the mower and blades after each use.