Everyone knows that having a great looking lawn adds to your curb appeal. It takes care and consideration to get a lawn looking healthy and green. I suggest hiring a lawn service if you don’t have the time. A blogger friend of mine back east uses TruGreen to help with her Ottawa lawn care in her home.
You can find places like TruGreen all over that offer professional lawn care services to help strengthen your lawn while giving you the timely break of doing it yourself. So, you don’t have to deal with things like fertilization, aeration, caterpillar control, dandelion control, lawn treatment, tree and shrub care and more, making it easier on you and your lawn if you don’t have the time and effort to put into it.
If you do have the time, there are a few things you need to know. Here are 8 tips on how to prepare your lawn for the spring so that you can have healthy, greener grass leading your neighbors will be jealous of.
Raking is important. I know we rake the leaves in the fall, but a good spring rake removes dead grass blades and thatch build up to make room for new grass to grow. A good raked lawn is a healthy lawn.
Aerating is probably one of the most important things you can do besides watering to give your lawn its best chance to grow. Aerating loosens the soil that becomes compact over time allowing water and nutrients in to help penetrate the roots.
Tip: Make sure the blade is sharp. A dull blade can tear the grass making your lawn more open to disease. Keep mower on low to start, raising it every few weeks as your grass grows longer. This also helps protect the roots from the sun and helps keep moisture trapped.
#4. Over Seeding
Seed seed and more seed. Like us our lawn gets tired and grows old. Seed your lawn all over so new grass can pop up, especially in spots that aren’t growing. It takes time and patience but it is well worth it.
With your lawn aerated and seeded, you need to apply fertilizer. Doing this at the beginning of spring gives your lawn a great head start into the summer season. Make sure to treat any weeds as your grass grows. Using a good fertilizer helps also.
Probably the most important thing you can do for your lawn other than stay off it after aerating and seeding and fertilizing is to water your grass. Watering your grass helps make it healthy and strong. Water up to 3 times per week and do so early in the morning as the sun rises. This allows your grass to dry and prevents fungus’s and diseases from growing. Never water in the afternoon.
#7. Pulling Weeds
The may look pretty but Dandelion’s are horrible for your grass. Treatment for them is a must. Try to snap them off at the step before they seed. You can dig weeds out by the root,. Or like I mentioned above hire a specialist like TruGreen to come in and take care of the things you can’t like Liming, Dandelion Control, and Pest Control to make sure your grass has the best chance to grow.
#8. Stay Off
Put up reminders for neighbors, other animals, even your own kids to stay off the grass in the spring as you work on getting it healthy. Trampling all over the grass while you are growing it.
So, there you have it. Just a few tips on how you can control, care for, and prepare your lawn for the spring so that you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy looking. Now what are you waiting for. Jump on that mower and show me you got what it takes to have the nicest looking lawn on the block!