Spring is finally here, the grass is turning green and the trees are budding. Even though the grass is not due to be mowed quite yet, there are still important things that should be done to ensure a lush, green, weed-free lawn. The following are five important tips every homeowner should take into account for spring lawn care.
One step that may need to be taken is getting the lawn power raked. If the lawn shows lots of dead, dry grass or has sparse areas that will need patching with grass seed, it is a good idea to power rake first. Power raking removes dead grass, allowing light, air, and water to reach the live grass.
After the long winter, most lawns need aeration. This process creates holes in the lawn that allow life-giving oxygen to reach the roots of the grass. The resulting plugs are left on the ground to decompose, adding rich nutrients to the lawn. Most local lawn care companies will perform aeration for a reasonable price. The lawn should be watered a day or two before the aeration is scheduled, but should not be soaking wet.
It is also imperative to apply a good fertilizer. If the lawn is prone to dandelions, thistles, or other weeds, a weed and feed might be more appropriate. This step should be done after the aeration and/or power rake for best results. Also, the homeowner should make sure that if there is a sprinkler system installed that this is prepared for spring, as watering should occur after fertilization, if it is not required prior to aeration.
The homeowner should check the landscaping for anything that needs repair or replacement. Landscaping fabric can develop tears or rips and need replacement. Waiting too long to perform repairs can cause weeds to become established. Other landscaping items such as timbers, rock, and mulch should be inspected and a determination made on whether or not replacement or replenishment is needed. A homeowner should also determine whether or not to install certain items, such as a water feature. Doing these things now and scheduling any necessary appointments with a lawn care professional will result in a summer free of lawn care worries.