How will you build a beautiful lawn in the spring? Well, this might be the most common thought that might have come to your mind throughout the winter. With the winter gone and as soon as the frost starts melting, looking at the withered and shoddy lawn, we often give a deep sigh. You feel like there is so much to do and thus end up doing all the wrong.
Well, we will like you to take a dig into this article and learn how to grow a healthy lawn every spring season.
- Check your soil – go for a test
The acidity and alkalinity test for your soil is way more important. You get some DIY kits at the garden stores. If you find after the test that the soil is acidic, increase the pH level with the use of a drop-spreader and add some lime to the soil. To lower the pH level, use organic materials like peat moss.
- Dethatch the soil with a rake
Be a little more rakish to grow a healthy lawn in the spring. Rake the thatch less than ½ inches. It is actually good for your lawn. However, too much of raking is bad. For those who love to grow warm-season grasses, rake it in the early spring. Since an intense removal of the thatch is bad, so do it at the beginning of the growth period to recover your lawn properly.
- Let your soil breathe
If the soil of your lawn is compact, it will restrain the grasses from growing. You need to aerate the lawn during the high growth period. You need to loosen the soil so that water and nutrients stay better absorbed and roots get more room to grow. For a small lawn, you can use aeration shoes, or push aerators. For the big ones, an aeration troll that runs on gas will be perfect. The perfect time to aerate the soil is during the late spring so that the grass gets time to heal after the process.
- Weeding and feeding goes hand in hand
Weeding and feeding is a holy ritual for your lawn. However, you need to stay aware of overdoing. Late spring is the best time to carry out your weeding process. Only treat the lawn with weed sprays if it has a major weed problem. Otherwise, too many chemical along with lawn fertilizers can put more stress on the plant roots. This will pout the lawn to risk during the intense of heat of summer months.
- Seed your lawn
Whether you start from the beginning or nursing back the old lawn, seeding is an important part. For seeding the lawn, get started in early spring. However, if the soil condition is cold, it will make the growth slow. If you are late, it is better you seed the lawn in the fall.
- Be generous – and water regularly
We know that grass needs water. Depending on the type of turf you have, the amount of water varies. If you are not able to set up an in-ground channel for irrigation, you can place a small sprinkler. You can set it with a basic timer that will not cost you more than $30-$40. Make sure to water in the early morning and switch on the timer to control the water flow of the sprinkler.
Hope this will help you to understand how to take care of your lawn just after the winter has taken its break. To grow a healthy lawn in spring and beyond, utilize the season or else you miss the window carry out the leftover tasks in fall season.