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The seasons are finally beginning to change, and spring will be here before you know it.
The transition from winter to spring is a critical time for your lawn, and you can get your yard ready for the upcoming year in a few simple ways.
In this article, we’ll cover some of the most effective methods of preparing your lawn for the spring.
Of course, the weather will warm up at different times in different locations, so the right time to get your lawn ready depends on the climate in your region.
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1. Check Your Soil
Soil quality is a critical element of a healthy lawn, and it’s easy to miss issues with the soil in your yard. While moss is often a sign of overly acidic soil, there won’t always be clear visual indicators when something is wrong.
The grass on most lawns grows most effectively in soil with a pH of roughly 6 to 7. The further the soil is from that range, the more likely you are to encounter problems with your lawn.
To check your lawn’s pH, contact your local cooperative extension office and arrange to send in a sample.
It might seem like an obvious fix, but you would be surprised how many lawn owners neglect this simple step to lawn maintenance.
You can buy fertilizer from your local gardening center or hardware store. Miracle Grow is a common favorite for its affordability, good value, and speed of growth.
If you are using chemical fertilizer, the best strategy is to use a light fertilizer in warmer weather and a heavy one in the colder seasons.
If you want to go a more natural route, however, you can also use compost to fertilize your lawn. The results are comparable, it just depends on how you use it.
For instance, fertilizing too much can cause your grass to be diseased.
3. Rake Thoroughly
Most people associate raking with fallen leaves, but it’s just as important to rake your lawn in the spring. Thatch, or dead grass material, can accumulate quickly between the top layer of grass and the lower layer of soil.
Dethatching your lawn is a vital step toward preparing it for the spring, especially if you aren’t in the habit of removing it regularly.
Thoroughly and deeply raking your grass will remove any dead material and thatch that built up over the winter.
There are so many things that can wear down your grass over time. Lots of walking, dogs that use the lawn as their bathroom, and social events like BBQs can all be detrimental to the garden you’ve spent time and money on.
Bare spots are common on any overused lawn, but they don’t have to be complicated or expensive to fix.
You can fill in these bald patches of your lawn through a process called ‘overseeding’. This refers to sowing seeds into the grass that already exists.
It will revive the stamped-down grass that is already there, and make it look good as new. Stay aware of crabgrass, however, as this can grow if it also takes advantage of the fertilizer.
5. Fix Up Your Mower
You should usually perform mower maintenance at least once per year, but it’s easy to wait longer than that if you haven’t run into any problems.
The beginning of spring is the perfect time to look at your mower and fix any nagging issues before your lawn starts to grow.
Of course, you’ll eventually need to move on to another mower—even with consistent maintenance, most mowers won’t last much longer than ten years.
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If you left your lawn sitting throughout the winter, it’s critical to get it in shape before the weather starts to warm up.
These tips will help you prepare your lawn for spring and bring it back to top condition before the growing season.