How To Prepare Your Lawn For A Great Summer
After a long winter, your grass is ready and waiting to perk up in the spring. But with a little extra attention as the season changes, you can have your lawn even greener and happier than before. Here are 5 steps to preparing your yard for a great new summer.
The first step in getting your lawn back in shape is to remove any remaining fall and winter debris covering plants or grass. This includes leaves or branches that may have fallen during heavy snows, leftover furniture, or lawn ornaments that were knocked out of place and damaged shingles or porch debris. Raking the grass and planted areas is a good idea, since this can not only rid your yard of the most debris but it also helps begin to turn over the dirt and remove unnecessary thatch.
Inspect the Yard
After the yard is cleared of winter refuse, walk the yard carefully to inspect it for signs of damage. Snow mold can form in areas where the grass has been covered too long by snow or ice. If you encounter this problem, remove the moldy greenery with a rake and sow the spot with fresh grass seed. Other dead or weak spots in the lawn should be reseeded as well. First, turn over the dirt in these areas to loosen it. Then spread a layer of new grass seed mixture and mark the spot. Be sure to give new grass extra water until it begins to thrive. Look for high or low spots in the grass, correcting them with extra potting soil or by removing soil. Doing so now will save effort later in the season.
Adding mulch to the dirt around bushes, trees and places where flowers will be coming up will help maintain moisture and protect the roots. Rake mulch into the soil for at least 2 or 3 inches down to give the best start to spring plants.
When turning your irrigation system back on or setting up your watering schedule, set a routine that waters your lawn more thoroughly but less often. Watering longer and more deeply -- but less frequently -- encourages deeper root systems in grass and bushes, giving the plants a more stable foundation. It may take some experimentation in the spring to determine just how often and for how long you need to water your lawn, depending on shade levels, climate and moisture in the air.
Aerating punches small holes in the lawn that help to open up the ground to nutrients, new seed, air, and water. You can rent an aerating machine that rolls over the lawn and creates the holes using a rotating drum. If you prefer, work with a professional landscaping service to perform this important maintenance twice a year (spring and fall).
With these 5 basic steps, your yard will be ready to begin growing and thriving as the weather warms and the days grow longer. For assistance, talk to a professional like 5 Star Lawnscaping.