Spring is here and it’s time to start thinking about the garden and your lawn. Let’s look and some spring lawn care tips. These tips will help you get your lawn ready for the growing season.
As much as we don’t want to admit it, maintaining a beautiful yard takes a lot of work. It can easily get away from us. However, there are a few things you can do to make growing a lush green lawn with ease.
Believe me when I say this it took me years to find a system that worked for me. Mostly it was understanding that our yards are living things and just like us and animals they need food, water, and a little TLC to thrive. Let’s look at some spring lawn care tips
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Spring lawn care tips
Do some raking
One of the first things that you would need to do to prepare your lawn now so that it is ready in spring, is to rake your lawn and the leaves, twigs, and any other debris that is gathered over winter. If you have a large space to take care of, then it could be a good idea to look at getting a leaf blower, as a large space could take a while with only a rake to use. If there are things covering the lawn then it can keep shade out and prevent things like fertilizers from taking root which is really needed in winter.
Aerate or thatch
You can skip this step if you aren’t dealing with moss and you have good drainage. Aeration is a must if you are dealing with hard compacted soil and have a moss problem. I treat the moss in our yard as needed which is usually in the early spring. Using a product like ‘Moss Out’ works really well.
After the moss dies off, in some cases you’ll need to rent a power thatcher to remove the excess moss and if your yard has hard compacted soil it’s important to aerate your yard. Usually these tasks don’t need to be done each year if you maintain the moss.
Test your soil
It’s important to access your soil to make sure that your soil isn’t too acidic. Grass likes a neutral pH and doing a quick soil test will allow you to know how to treat your lawn. You can pick up soil test kits online or your local home improvement store.
Overseed your lawn
If you find your lawn with a lot of bare patches a good spring lawn care tip is to overseed your lawn. Unfortunately, grass will not “fill in” and most likely you’ll find yourself with weeds in those bare spots.
To overseed you lawn, you’ll want to lay down grass seed and then cover your seed with either a 1/2″ of topsoil, peat moss, or compost. The layer protects your grass seed from birds, keep the seed moist longer, and add nutrients to the soil.
Fertilize your lawn
Fertilizing your lawn doesn’t mean you have to use awful chemicals on it. There are some eco-friendly ways to fertilize your lawn. You can lay a very thin layer of compost over your lawn, another great thing you can do is use a mulching mower.
A mulching mower is an attachment on your mower to put the grass clippings back onto the lawn. After you mow your lawn simply rake and spread out any grass clumps.
Personally for my lawn I use Milogranite. It’s an organic lawn fertilizer that works great. I apply it to my yard about every 6-8 weeks during the growing season. You can find this online or at any home improvement store.
Treat weeds early
A big annoyance in the lawn are weeds. So this spring lawn care tips is treating weeds early before they takeover your lawn. Making sure your lawn is thick and lush will help prevent weeds but if your lawn isn’t thick and lush yet, it’s important to get to those weeds.
You can spot-treat each weed with a weed killer if you want to use chemicals. Another option is to pull the weeds manually. This option is up to you. I personally manually pull the weeds. I have 2 favorite tools one a hand tool and another a standing tool that makes this step simple. This is what I use, it comes with both in a set.
Lawn mower maintenance
Your lawn mower has been put away for a while now and it’s time to bring it out. You’ll want to do a little lawn mower maintenance to make sure your mower is working. For gas powered motors you may need to give it a tune up.
Another piece of maintenance is to sharpen the mower blade. I found this amazing blade sharpener that also works on my garden sheers. It’s an adapter that connects to your drill and makes sharpening your blades so simple.
Other lawn care tools maintenance
Your lawn mower isn’t the only tool you’ll use to maintain your lawn. If you use a leaf blower, rake, weed pullers, and/or edger you’ll want to make sure those tools are working properly, rust free, and ready for the lawn growing season.
Make sure you have enough string for your edger, your rake teeth are secure and intact, and that your leaf blower is blowing correctly.
Spring lawn care tips
Hopefully these spring lawn care tips will help you grow and maintain a beautiful lush green lawn. Remember that your lawn is a living thing and needs a little TLC to thrive. I hope you found these tips helpful.