11 Mar Steps for Prepping your Lawn This Spring
Posted at 14:50h in Lawn Care
- Rake: Rake up leaves and any matted down grass from snow or dogs. Don’t rake the matted areas out, just rake it up so its standing and not matted down. Matted grass will die or thin out when the lawn comes out of dormancy.
- Mow super short and bag the clippings: Mow as low as you can with the lawnmower while the grass is dormant. To get the lawn as short as possible you may have to mow it several times lowering your mower blade with each cut. This will clean up any duff, stimulate the root system, and allow the sun to start warming up the soil. Lawns that are mowed short in the early spring are the first lawns to green up and look great throughout the year and allows all the brown duff down below to be removed. Mowing super short one time in the spring will not hurt your lawn, even if you scalp it in areas due to uneven ground. DO NOT POWER RAKE. Power raking your lawn only removes grass. Most of the grass that is removed is alive and leads to thinning of the lawn, as well as bringing weed seeds to the surface where they can germinate. Thatch is composed of a matted root zone and can only be controlled through aeration.
- Aerate if needed: Aerating your lawn will always be beneficial. The two main reasons when we say aeration is necessary to include having compacted soils, or a thatch layer that is more than half an inch. If the lawn feels spongy, it is due to the thatch getting too thick. When there is too much thatch present, the roots start growing in the thatch instead of the soil. All the nutrients and moisture are within the soil, not the thatch. Therefore, mulching does not contribute to thatch build-up. When the grass is properly mulched it decomposes and returns organic material and nutrients to your soil. Try to mulch whenever possible.
- Fertilize if you didn’t late last fall: If you didn’t fertilize your lawn late last year, you will need to apply fertilizer before the lawn comes out of dormancy. It is important to have nutrients in the soil when the lawn comes out of dormancy to get it off to a healthy start. Always use a good slow-release fertilizer to prevent a flush of growth.
- Water if it’s dry: If we don’t get any moisture from mother nature, make sure to water the lawn enough to get moisture down into the soil. If the lawn is still dormant, watering every day isn’t needed. Water once every week or two until mother nature helps us out.
- Kick back and enjoy: Your lawn will be the first one on your block to green up and look great! Get a free quote today: