As the weather warms up, most of us enjoy spending a little more time outdoors. One of the simple pleasures of spring is the lush vegetation. Any of you who rent or own a home can understand the sigh of happiness that comes with a nicely kept lawn.
Unfortunately, though, most lawns aren’t in peak condition when mother nature rolls around. The harsh elements can leave your greenery weak from lying dormant all these months. However, there are a few simple steps you can take to prepare your lawn for spring. Keep reading to get started!
1. Do some actual spring cleaning.
The first step is prepping your lawn is clearing away leaves, twigs, and debris. Debris has the ability to get stuck in your lawn mower — blocking fertilizers from proper absorption. Raking away these things loosens the surface of the soil, encouraging healthy airflow.
2. Prep your yard for the season ahead.
Early in spring, use a combination of fertilizer and pre-emergent. Oddly enough, this dynamic duo feeds your grass while keeping crabgrass at bay. Then, you’ll need to apply both again 6-8 weeks later.
3. Mow early and often.
If you let your grass grow too high before mowing, it stunts root growth. Instead, try mowing every five days and keep it 2.5-3.5 inches. Your grass will grow thicker and healthier while promoting a better-established roots system.
4. Get down to the root of things.
It’s important to consider how often you’re watering your lawn. If you’re doing it regularly, but with less water, you could be spoiling the roots a bit. What we mean by this, is by watering deep and sparingly, you’ll train the grassroots to dig deeper into the soil. Remember, it’s the roots that are responsible for the health of your lawn. If you can keep them healthy, you’ll be able to enjoy a green yard all season long.
5. Mulch is your buddy.
Mulch locks in and protects the soil’s moisture. After you’ve taken care of your lawn, trim back shrubs and dead greenery and apply 2-4 inches deep of mulch around trees, shrubs and especially your garden. This will help those beautiful flowers retain water!
6. Strategize your grass seed.
It’s tempting to apply seed when you have brown patches in your hard. But it’s important to remember: seeds won’t germinate when you’re also using pre-emergent and weed killer. Be patient for a while and allow your grass to grow. If you spot any dead grass areas when summer arrives, rake the surface and mix in the grass seed with the new soil. And if you have any questions, give our New Season Landscaping team a call at (405) 824-8353.
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