Spring is finally here, and after a long, cold winter, your lawn may not be looking so fresh. As the base for a great looking lawn is always spring maintenance, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you keep your lawn looking as fresh and green as you want it:
Aeration works wonders:
Aeration, for those who are unaware, is the pulling off little plugs of grass from your lawn. An aerator will pull portions of soil in increments, allowing more air to reach the root system of your lawn. In turn, this process will promote healthy lawn growth after the winter season. For better drainage brush some sand into the holes after aerating. As this process is costly and the aeration machines are bulky and heavy, we don’t recommend doing it yourself unless splitting the costs with neighbors. As most lawn care companies offer aeration in their lawn maintenance packages, ensure that your lawn care professional will aerate your lawn properly and at the right time: which is right after the winter season.
Your soil’s pH levels matter more than you think:
As winter temperatures and melting snow tend to wash away nutrients and make the soil acidic, preventing proper growth. As your grass likes a less acidic soil, you might consider consulting with a professional to raise the pH balance. Many experts advocate the use of lime such as Dolomite, with others advocating for the new organic lime recently derived from crushed egg shells. Consult with a professional today to figure out what is best for your soil, and what products to use.
Remember to rake and de-thatch:
While this process is not a necessity every year, it might be a good idea if your lawn feels particularly spongy when walked on. Power raking and dethatching are part of a regular lawn maintenance program and are usually offered by all lawn care professionals. Power raking and dethatching remove the excess build up of hatch and allow for a new green lawn to re-grow. In general, we do not recommend attempting this process yourself, as too vigorous raking or dethatching may seriously harm your lawn instead of removing the excess build up of dead materials.
Top dress and over-seed to prevent weed growth:
Putting down a layer of topsoil to act as a bed for fresh seed is a wayto prevent weed growth and patchiness in the grass. As this process can be done quite early in the spring, it’s best not to delay to allow the grass to grow unrestrained.
While unappealing, moss is mostly beneficial:
Forceful removal of moss might damage your lawn, and leaves you with the job of having to rake and reseed your lawn. To prevent moss growth, make your soil less acidic, aerate regularly and add sand to induce drainage. In addition, attempt to increase the amount of sunlight those troublesome patches of lawn get.
Fertilizer is always a good investment:
A regular dose of fertilizer ensures that your grass keeps growing healthy and strong. A good fertilizer for early in the year is a turf-starter, which contains a higher phosphorus content than others. A slow release fertilizer, on the other hand, will provide continuous nutrition in the spring months when you’re looking for healthy growth. Many lawn care companies will offer you advice on how best to fertilize your lawn, so call around and ask for tips if you are unwilling to hire professionals.
spring lawn care and maintenance – JHC Landscaping
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