Looking to add some green to your lawn as Spring approaches? Here are 6 tips for a healthy green lawn come Spring-time.
Even though winter is still in the air, spring is getting closer. Perhaps that seems silly, especially if you live in a cold-weather climate where there is still snow on the ground. But pretty soon, it will be time to put away the snow shovels and snow blowers.
That means it will be time to start getting your lawn ready for spring. Winter can leave your lawn, trees, and shrubs weak, especially after lying dormant under snow and ice for months. To help them come back strong please read further as we discuss six tips for getting your lawn ready for spring.
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First Step: Clean Up Your Lawn
Once all the snow has melted, and while the temperatures start to rise, your first step is to clean up your yard. Now is the time to clean up leaves, twigs, and other types of debris that have gathered during winter. You can use rakes or air blowers to help you with this task.
Second Step: Use Fertilizer and Weed Killer
Once spring arrives, you will want to use fertilizer to feed your grass and then a pre-emergent which helps prevent crabgrass. Then, after six to eight weeks, use both the fertilizer and weed killer again. Crabgrass is hard to fight if it emerges, so the combination of fertilizer and weed killer really helps prep your lawn for spring. The key is to use it twice, once in early spring, then again six to eight weeks later.
Third Step: Mow Your Grass Early and A lot
A common mistake homeowners make while getting their lawn ready for spring is only mowing once a week. The problem with this is that if you let the grass get too high, and then cut it, it will actually stunt the roots so that they cannot reproduce. In the first weeks of spring, you will want to mow your lawn every five days to ensure a thicker and lusher lawn.
Step Four: Use a Good Quality Mulch
Next, you will want to use a good and heavy quality mulch. Once the lawn has been cut, edge out your beds, and trim any dead branches on your shrubs. Then, replace the mulch with hardwood bark mulch. This kind of mulch looks better and lasts longer.
Step Five: Trim Your Trees
Please take the time to trim your trees. Dead branches, if left untreated, can fall down and cause property damage, or a potential injury to an innocent bystander. If the tree branches are big, for your safety it may be better to hire a landscaping company. A tree trimmer can do a safety prune for your lawn before any damage is done, ideally before the leaves start to form. This way it is easier to see the dead branches.
Branches and debris that are left on top of your grass can stunt its growth and discolor the area around it, leaving your lawn in patches.
Step Six: Do Not Seed Until Fall
It may be tempting to fill all the brown patches with seed grass, but if you use a weed killer the seeds will not germinate. You should instead fertilize the lawn and after a few weeks shoot will grow and fill in the brown patches. However, if the brown spots are quite large, you may want to use sod instead.