The Warm Weather Is Approaching – Steps to Take for A Healthy Lawn
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the warm weather outdoors after a harsh winter spell. For a true garden aficionado, spring also means the time to transition your lawn from a near-barren winter bed to a vibrant green paradise. Here are some tips that will help ensure that your lawn stays healthy and thrives in the upcoming warm weather.
How to Keep your Lawn Healthy this Spring – 5 Key Aspects to Remember
Rake, as well as aerate or dethatch
Remove any dead leaves, twigs, and foliage that have gathered during the winter months . Rake the debris or get a leaf blower to do the job efficiently and give your lawn the opportunity to ‘breathe’.
If your soil is compacted, aerate your lawn. Also, a layer of thin thatch (around ½ inch thick) is beneficial for the lawn as it conserves soil moisture and protects against fluctuations in soil temperature. However, dethatching is recommended if your lawn has a thick thatch build up that may hinder soil nutrients, air, and water from reaching the grassroots.
Mow Your Lawn Frequently
- Set the right grass length: Keeping your grass length between 2-1/2 to 3 inches is recommended.
- Don’t wait too long to mow: Waiting too long to mow can stunt root length, so mow once every 7-8 days, depending on where you live.
- Choose the right time to mow: Mow mid-morning or early evening to ensure that the dew has dried, and the sun isn’t too hot.
Fertilizers and Weed Control
- Identify signs of poor soil quality: Moss, mildew, and weeds in your lawn may indicate poor soil quality that needs to be replenished with fertilizers. If you haven’t done a soil test in the last 3 years, now may be a good time. This will help you identify any nutrient deficiencies and determine the right type and amount of fertilizer needed for your lawn.
- Use slow-release fertilizers: Fertilizing your lawn is important for promoting healthy growth. Use a slow-release fertilizer and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- Maintain pH balance: Choose fertilizers that have the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to maintain the lawn’s pH balance.
- Pull out weeds and crabgrass: To maintain a healthy lawn, it’s important to remove any weeds and crabgrass. Pull them out by hand or get professional help to add preemergent herbicides for weed control, if needed.
You can cover bare patches in your lawn by overseeding. Lawn care experts recommend overseeding between mid-April and mid-May. Adding seeds helps cover the lawn with uniform growth and combats weeds.
To keep your lawn healthy, it’s important to water it correctly. Over-watering or under-watering can be damaging to your lawn. Here are some useful tips to help you decide when and how much to water your lawn:
- Check the moisture content in the soil. If it has rained recently, you may not need to water your lawn that day. Generally, lawns need about an inch of water per week. You can use a soil probe to determine the level of water in the soil. During early spring, you may not need to water as frequently as you will during the latter half of the season.
- Water your lawn more frequently after adding new seeds.
- Water your lawn for at least half an hour to ensure that the water penetrates deep into the soil. It’s better to water less frequently but for a longer duration to encourage healthy root growth.
Help Your Lawn Spring Back to Life!
Spring is considered the beginning of new life, especially for the flora. Give your lawn the right care this season and see your lawn grow the brightest shade of green. It’s important to remember that a little effort and care can go a long way in making your lawn look lush and beautiful. Happy gardening!
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