Spring Lawn Treatments That Keep Your Lawn Green Year-round

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This year, Groundhog Day and the Big Game overlapped — so you might not have noticed that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring. For many, that is excellent news; who would be mad at sunnier days, warmer temperatures and a few more weeks of good weather? However, for you lawn owners, an early spring means that you need to kick your lawn care into high gear.

The spring is a crucial season for your lawn, especially if you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures and snow during the winter. In spring, your lawn comes out of dormancy, and the treatment it gets could impact how it looks for the rest of the year. This is the best time of the year to stock your shelves with tools you’ll need in the garden and lawn. BestofMachinery will get you prepared with the basic tool guides and reviews, if you are still lacking some. To give your lawn the best start possible, you need to prepare it with the following treatments, starting just after the last freeze of the year.

Raking

Through the end of fall and the length of winter, all sorts of debris have fallen, drifted and otherwise amassed on your lawn. Not only do leaf litter and twigs look unsightly, but it also inhibits the healthy growth of your lawn. A layer of debris cuts your lawn off from sunlight and airflow, both of which are necessary for growth. Thus, your first task of the spring is to rake all that crud away from your lawn. Fortunately, this chore is relatively quick, and it is something the whole family can do together

Aerating

All that debris sitting on your lawn for months, as well as heavy seasonal precipitation and foot traffic, can cause the soil around your grass to become compacted and dense. This makes it exceedingly difficult for grassroots to grow and find nutrients, which means that swaths of your lawn simply might not wake up from its winter dormancy. Aerating solves this problem; by cutting small holes in the soil, you give the soil the opportunity to expand and relax, so your lawn’s roots can grow. You should invest in the right aerating tool — i.e. a plug or coring aerator, not a spike aerator — and perform the task at least once per year.

Overseeding

As your grass begins to wake up, you should see green growth around your lawn. Unfortunately, that growth is likely to be thin and patchy. You can cure this by overseeding, or tossing additional grass seed on top of the existing growth. Admittedly, you should only overseed in the spring if you have a warm-season grass variety, like Bermudagrass or zoysiagrass. If you have a cold-season lawn, you should overseed in the fall.

Fertilizing

Grass is a hungry plant, and it swiftly strips soil of nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. You should be fertilizing your lawn at least twice per year, but if you can only make time for one fertilization, it should be in the spring. About three weeks after your grass starts its first growth of the year, you should apply a high-nitrogen fertilizer, which prompts think, leafy growth. Getting the timing and type right can be tricky, so you might want to look into lawn fertilizer companies in your area to prevent the pitfalls associated with feeding your grass.

Dethatching

Your lawn isn’t merely green grass and roots in soil; it is made up of layers that keep the system protected from pests and rot. One element of this system is thatch, a mixture of living and dead grass that sits between your lawn’s crown and the soil. Over time, the thatch can become too thick, preventing water and other nutrients from reaching the soil — and it looks unsightly, too. Both warm- and cool-season grasses should be dethatched in spring, but the dethatching process is a tricky one, probably best left to lawn experts.

Weeding

Finally, just as your lawn loves to wake up to the warm sunshine of spring, so do weeds take advantage of the favorable growing conditions. The sooner you nix the weeds in your lawn, the better; larger, more established weeds are more difficult to eradicate, and they will compete with your grass for resources like water and soil nutrients. You can dabble with herbicides, but if you have pets and young kids, you might want to try natural alternatives or manual pulling tools.

Fixing a lawn can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor, so you should try to get your lawn right from the start. With these springtime lawn chores — as well as regular lawn maintenance like watering and mowing — you should see a beautifully green lawn all year long.

Check out this guide from https://www.wikilawn.com/ for the perfect lawn all year round.

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