Homeowners face the
sometimes daunting but always exciting prospect of readying the lawn for the
warmer months ahead. Remember that cutting corners now could mean that at the
peak of summer, you’ll be spending your weekends making up for spring lawn care
oversights. Stay on top of the game to ensure healthy and beautiful grass that
demands no more of your time than is strictly necessary. Below are some tips to
keep your lawn looking fresh!
Dead grass and lawn
clippings accumulate and get matted down into thatch, which not only prevents
the germination of new grass seed, but also promotes fungus growth and pest
2. Soil testing
To grow grass successfully,
you need the right soil. Most varieties thrive in conditions that are neither
acidic nor alkaline. Methods exist to raise or lower soil pH, but you’ve got to
know what you’re dealing with.
3. Yard cleanup
Part of spring lawn care
involves clearing away the ravages of winter. Equipped with your rake and
pruning shears, take an exploratory stroll around the property. Look closely
for any plants that didn’t survive. Prune damaged or dead branches from trees
and bushes, and remove twigs or leaves you find lingering on the grass.
In high-traffic areas, the
soil beneath grass gradually becomes compacted and inhospitable to grass
roots. Aeration reverses the damage done.
5. Weed Treatment
Weed control ranks high
among spring lawn-care priorities: If you don’t act against weeds now, before
they emerge, you’ll spend the summer battling them—and it’s not a fight you’re
liable to win.
In any bare patches of
ground, skip the herbicide and opt instead for grass seed. Be aware,
however, that if you’re planting grass in the spring, it’s going to need lots
of TLC during the hot summer months—that is, consistent watering and regular
weeding—and you’ll most likely have to seed again in the fall.
7. Equipment Maintenance
Before the lawn season gets
into full swing, inspect all your outdoor tools, including the mower. If
necessary, take the machine in for service or give it a tune-up yourself:
change the oil, install new spark plugs, and replace the air filter. Also, make
sure to have fuel on hand in preparation for the first grass-cutting of the
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