7 Landscaping Tips for Caring for Your Lawn during Spring
When the springs come, it will be time for your lawn to recover from the extreme winter weather. Your flowers are blooming and the grass is just tapering back. The little effort you put into your lawn after spring will help it regain its vitality and health. Here are some landscaping tips and advice to help you look after your lawn this spring.
1. Complete the patches
If the grass gets its life back, so do the weeds. It is important to take care of these empty spots on your lawn to prevent weeds from benefiting from them. Fill in the spots with seeds or sward. First, prepare the pavement by loosening the soil with a rake before filling it with either seeds or sward. If you choose to use grass seeds, sow your seeds and lightly cover them with some topsoil. For lawns, cut a suitable plaster and press it firmly into the ground. Water the seed section daily as moisture encourages the roots to grow faster. Lightly water the sward daily to make sure it is damp but not damp either.
Water your lawn, but get it right. Avoid watering right after winter as there is enough moisture to allow roots to grow and leaves to regenerate. Start watering slowly and gradually only when there is a lack of rain or signs of dehydration.
3. Sort out
Missing a few weeds on your lawn here and there is inevitable, especially after not being cared for in winter. Weeds are in constant competition for water and nutrients, so they are not good for your weed or its appearance. It is best to root them out before they attack your lawn. Simple hand weeding is only effective if the weed has not manifested as strongly. In dire cases where hand weeding is not an option, consult with landscape experts who will recommend the technique or herbicide to remove the weeds from your lawn.
Raking your lawn will remove the fallen leaves, twigs, and dead blades of grass that were lucky enough to not survive the winter, thus preventing that layer of straw from forming. Rake when the soil is hard and not muddy to avoid pulling out healthy grass canopy.
5. Fertilize late
Apply spring fertilizer about three weeks after the grass turns green. Aside from rapid grass growth, there is a high chance that weed growth will be encouraged if you apply your fertilizer very early in the spring. Applying too early can also cause the fertilizer to drain off due to heavy rainfall. To avoid mowing earlier and more often, it is best to withhold this fertilizer. When conditions are ideal, consider using lawn fertilizer that best suits your climate and grass. Try not to overfeed as this will not produce the best result.
Start mowing your lawn when the ground is dry and the grass is long enough to be pruned, preferably three to four weeks in spring. The first time you mow, set the height about an inch lower than normal to break up the debris. Before you start mowing, have a technician service your mower to ensure that the starter, air filter, belts, spark plug, and battery are in good working order. This check also ensures that the blade is sharp for a flawless cut. A blunt mower knife tears up grass and leaves disease behind.
Aerate your lawn, especially in places with heavy traffic. Constant traffic leads to compaction of the soil which inhibits the proper growth of the grass. The process can be technical, so it is best to turn to experts.
These lawn care tips will help you grow a healthy and green lawn all season long.