Spring is the perfect time to start preparing your lawn for the growing season. With the right care, your lawn will be green and healthy all summer long. Here are some lawn care tasks that need to be done in early spring:
- Rake and remove leaves: Rake up any leaves that have accumulated over the winter. Leaving them on the lawn can smother the grass and lead to disease.
- Aerate: Aerating your lawn in the spring allows water, nutrients, and oxygen to reach the roots of your grass. You can either hire a professional or rent an aerator machine from a local garden center.
- Fertilize: Fertilizing your lawn in early spring helps to promote growth and strengthen the roots. Use a fertilizer specifically designed for lawns and follow the instructions on the package.
- Overseeding: Overseeding is the process of adding new grass seed to your lawn. This is a good idea if your lawn has bare spots or is thin in certain areas.
- Reseeding: If your lawn has a lot of brown patches or bare spots, it might be time to reseed. This involves removing the old grass, adding new soil, and then seeding the lawn.
- Weed control: Spring is the perfect time to apply a pre-emergent weed control to prevent weeds from taking over your lawn. You can also spot treat any existing weeds with a weed killer.
- Mowing: Start mowing your lawn as soon as the grass starts to grow. Keep the mower blades sharp and mow to the recommended height for your grass type.
- Watering: Water your lawn deeply once a week, or as needed, to keep the soil moist. Watering in the morning or evening is best to minimize evaporation.
By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to a healthy and beautiful lawn this spring. Remember to be consistent and patient, as lawn care is an ongoing process that takes time to show results.