Spring has sprung! That means it's time to shed the winter coats, do a bit of spring cleaning, and get your lawn ready for the fun-filled months ahead.
Whether you are planning a summer BBQ with friends, an outdoor party, or just want to enjoy a lazy Sunday outside with your family, your lawn needs to be in top-notch shape. No one wants to play a game of cornhole on a dry, crunchy lawn.
To get your lawn ready for the months ahead, we've identified five things you can do this spring that will reward you with a lush, green lawn that everyone can enjoy.
1. Spring Clean Your House and Your Lawn. The first step to getting a greener lawn is to do a little spring cleaning. First, clean up any debris in your yard (limbs, leaves, etc.). Then, rake the lawn so the grass can breathe and the sun and wind can dry out the landscape. This is an important step to prevent snow mold. What's snow mold, you ask?
2. Snow Mold Elimination. First of all, snow mold is a patch of white mold that can develop if a lawn, damp from the melting snow, is packed down and not allowed to breathe. See this blog post for more details and pictures of snow mold. Identify areas in your lawn that have been matted down or covered up and check for signs of mold. If your lawn is affected, rake the area to revitalize the grass.
3. Give it Some Food. After a long winter spent in a dormant state, the roots of the grass plant take time to wake up and start growing again. Give your grass a jump start by feeding (fertilizing) it with a slow-release fertilizer that's high in nitrogen. Check out our FAQs to learn more about fertilization.
4. Re-seed Your Lawn. Identify bare or thin areas in your lawn and add a layer of grass seed to help thicken your lawn. However, you'll want to wait until you have good weather forecasted because the ground temperature needs to be at least 53 degrees for seeds to germinate.
5. Crabgrass Control. Except for areas that need to be reseeded, you can apply a crabgrass-preventive fertilizer to your lawn. This special blend of fertilizer will put a barrier on your lawn that will help prevent crabgrass from germinating and stop the problem before it starts.
Once you've prepared your lawn for spring through the steps above, you'll be well on your way to enjoying a beautiful lawn this spring and summer.
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments below, or feel free to contact us.