As the evenings get a little brighter and the growing presence of spring emerges, it’s time to start planning out your lawn and garden for the warmer months that are just ahead. If you want to have a picture-perfect lawn this year, the secret is all in the prep work. By planning ahead of time, you can give those battered roots exactly what they need to grow strong and vibrant after enduring the long, grueling winter season. Here are some tips to keep in mind to get your lawn ready for the spring.
Aerate to Loosen Soil
Throughout the winter months, your lawn has to endure a lot. With the heavy accumulation of snow and ice, the grass and soil can become very tightly compact after it melts away. This can restrict nutrients and water from accessing the grassroots. That’s where aerating comes into play. Every spring, it’s important to use an aerator along the turf to puncture holes throughout it to help loosen the soil and help the grass access the nutrients it needs to grow strong and thick.
The quality of your soil can diminish quite drastically during the course of the winter. To get it ready for seeding, first spread a generous layer of new topsoil or compost throughout the area, mixing it through as best you can. Aim to add a layer that’s approximately 1 cm thick.
Once the soil is prepped and ready, it’s time to reseed. When doing so, follow the instructions carefully outlined on the package and don’t be shy when dispersing the seeds. This is a good time to overseed to boost the growth and health of the lawn while minimizing the potential for weeds and pests to emerge.
Mow Using the Right Techniques
Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to mow the lawn. Once your grass has had ample time to replenish and grow, make sure that your mower blades are sharp to prevent tearing the grass. The ideal height for grass blades to maintain optimal growth is about three inches, so aim for this by adjusting the height of your mower. Once you’re done mowing, don’t collect the grass clippings. Instead, leave them there. These will provide nitrogen back to the roots and soil as they decompose.
Fertilizer can provide additional nutrients to support the health of your turf. When visiting your local garden center, look for a slow-release fertilizer. Always follow the instructions carefully, and spread it out as evenly as possible when applying.
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