Winter is over and even if your lawn is super healthy, it’s still going to need a little revitalization now that spring is here, especially if you live in an area that has had freezing temperatures and snow during the colder months. Keeping a fresh, healthy looking lawn that you can enjoy year round doesn’t have to be back breaking. Here are some tips to wake up your lawn after winter.
- Keep off the grass: Don’t walk on the lawn in winter when it is wet and frozen.
- Clean up your lawn: Begin your lawn maintenance in the early spring. Start by raking the grass with a lawn rake. Take your time so that you can remove the leaves and weeds left from winter, but you don’t want to tear up the grass. Collect up all the debris and add it to the compost pile.
- Reseed bare spots: If you have any bare patches in the lawn, spring is the time of year to re-sow them. Rake over the soil to loosen it then sprinkle on the seeds, level it off and water it regularly. If you have extensive bare patches to re-sow, you may want to cover them in plastic until the seeds have germinated, to keep away the birds.
- Feed your lawn: If necessary, feed the lawn in spring or summer with slow-release organic fertilizers. Avoid overfeeding as this causes lush growth that’s prone to disease.
- When it’s time to mow: Don’t start to mow the grass until it is long enough. Generally, you should mow when the grass reaches 3 centimeters in height.
- Leave clippings to fertilize: Don’t be tempted to clean up all the grass clippings after you have mowed. During spring and summer, you can leave clippings on the lawn to decompose. They will release nitrogen and other nutrients into the soil which will enhance lawn growth.
- Look out for moss: Try to avoid allowing moss to set in as it may quickly begin to take over your lawn. There are several causes of moss growth, the main one is poor drainage, but it can also start to settle in if the soil is too compacted or you have mowed the grass too closely. Treat the cause rather than relying on chemicals so that you will have long-term results.
- De-thatch the grass: Occasionally you will need to remove thatch from your lawn. Some mowers will do this for you. If yours does not, then use a spring-tined rake. Removing the thatch is important because it will promote the growth of new side shoots and runners which will thicken your lawn and give it a healthy look and springier feel underfoot.
- Aerate your lawn: You should take the time to aerate the soil at least once every couple of years. Use a fork to make holes. September is the best time to do this. Once you have aerated the lawn apply a dressing to improve the soil. You can use a mixture of loam and sand, or if you have a lot of fallen leaves on the ground, you can spread these evenly over the lawn with a rake.
- Amend the soil: Measure the acidity of the soil. If it is acidic apply limestone in the autumn when it starts to rain.
- Check the lawn mower: Perform regular mower maintenance. Each spring, if there is old gas in the tank, remove it and replace it with new gas. Replace the filter and spark plug and change the oil. Sharpen the blades and check the air pressure in the tires. The belt should be changed every two years.
Growing a beautiful lawn is not as difficult as it may seem. However, don’t be tempted to oversimplify it by throwing out a handful of seeds from time to time. Shortcuts can lead to more work later on. Taking the time to prepare the ground properly will ensure a healthy lawn that doesn’t need to be re-worked every year, which will leave you time to focus on other areas of your garden which do. Grass, just like any other plant needs well-prepared soil, the correct pH, and occasional fertilization. If you want to find out more about grounds maintenance and irrigation, contact AtkinsInc.com.
Now you know how to wake your lawn up after winter and how to maintain it throughout the rest of the year, so you and your family can enjoy your beautifully landscaped garden.
Andrew Morley is a home DIY enthusiast who loves to share his passion. Look for his posts on many homeowner and lifestyle blogs today.