When spring is in the air, the first daffodils appear to mark the coming of the season. These early signs also tell you that it's time to get your lawn ready. To help you foster a healthy lawn this season, we have prepared 5 important tips to help you get started on your spring maintenance.
Dethatching the lawn is a very important step in your lawn care since dead grass and lawn clippings can lead to fungus growth and pest infestation. Don't worry though because you can easily dethatch your lawn with a just normal rake if you don't have any special dethatching rakes at home. Begin by pushing the rake tines deeply down through the grass, so that they reach the thatch layer that lies beneath. Make sure to rake thoroughly to help break up any remnants of turf-grass from the previous growing season.
2. Yard Cleanup
Once winter is gone, you will likely need to go around your yard and pick up litter, dog waste, and larger plant debris like fallen branches. Be sure to use a pair of gloves and beware of broken glass. Leaving debris on your lawn long after the snow has melted can prevent new, healthy grass from growing in.
3. Pruning Dead Branches
Look up pruning guidelines for your perennial plants, shrubs, and trees and prune the ones that should be tackled in the spring — but be careful not to start trimming and shaping live branches on flowering shrubs and trees, as they won’t bloom nicely in the spring if you cut off living buds.
4. Soil Testing
The acidity or alkalinity of soil is measured by the pH scale, with 7 representing perfectly neutral soil. Acidic soils have pH levels below 7, while alkaline soils measure higher than 7. Grass likes a neutral pH, and, if your soil is well outside this range it can be subject to moss growth.A variety of soil amendments can be used to nudge the pH back to an optimal level for growing grass. Adding ground limestone, for example, is a common method for lifting the pH of acidic soils. On the other hand, soil that is too alkaline can also cause lawn problems. In such a case, we recommend a top-dressing of compost or elemental sulfur to lower the pH of extremely alkaline soils.
5. Weed Control
Controlling early spring weeds will help improve the look and health of your lawn since weeds create a hostile environment, making the turfgrass compete with the undesirable vegetation. This can be done by grubbing out dandelions or pulling chickweed from the lawn. If hand weeding is not an option, look for an appropriate organic herbicide. Take a weed to your local garden shop and ask the experts for advice. Use the recommended organic herbicide only in the areas where weeds are a problem. Make sure to follow label directions as more is not always better.