Spring is finally here and that means you need to start paying attention to your lawn again. There are several important steps to take in early spring to ensure a healthy lawn all summer. Here are some tips to get you started:
Even though it’s not fall and there are no leaves on the ground, raking is a must. It’s an important first step for spring lawn care because it controls thatch. You want .5 inch of thatch or less, no more than that. Also, make sure to rake deeply; this will get rid of any snow mold left over from the winter. This will enable new grass to grow a lot easier.
I know I know, raking and aeration are both usually done in the fall, but aeration allows air and water to get to the roots and allows the fertilizer to settle in. Aeration is especially necessary if there is moss on your grass. Moss is a sign of compaction. If you don’t have a lawn aerator, don’t fret. Your local garden/home improvement store will have them available to purchase or rent.
3. Test Soil Activity
Attention New Englanders: harsh winters mean your soil will most likely be acidic. First step is to go and buy a pH test. If the acidic level is high, sprinkle a thin layer of lime since lime neutralizes your lawn.
4. Mow Your Grass
This might seem very simple but there are a few catches. If you’re on the market to buy a new lawn mower, look into buying a mulching mower. The grass clippings are finer which allows soil to absorb the clippings nutrients. If you already have a lawn mower, it would be in your favor to rent a mulching mower. Wait for the grass to grow 4-5 inches then plan on cutting it. It will remove the dead grass tops and give your lawn a fresh new look. Give it a nice short cut, but not too short.
5. Water Lawn
Don’t water your lawn right away; wait until later spring/early summer to water. When you finally start watering your lawn, do it in the morning (anytime from 4am-10am). In the morning, the air is cooler and there is not wind to blow the droplets away. It is a common misconception that lawns should be watered everyday... That is false. Your lawn should be watered maximum twice a week because too much water can cause fungus. Also, do not water your lawn for too long. You want to water around 6 inches into the soil because an average plant roots ends there.