Spring lawn care is important because it can set the tone of your landscape for the rest of the year. Luckily, spring lawn chores don’t require as much energy as you’ll spend maintaining your yard throughout the summer, but they are important to do so that you can grow a healthy lawn.
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Raking: The first thing you’re going to want to do during spring lawn care is rake your grass to remove thatch. Thatch is defined as the layer of mostly dead turfgrass tissue lying between the green vegetation of the grass above and the root system and soil below. It consists of stems, stolons, rhizomes, and roots that have no decomposed yet from the fall and winter. You can reduce the amount of thatch in your yard in the spring by giving the lawn a “deep raking” when removing leaves in the fall. But even if you do a great job, it’s still recommended to do some spring raking.
Aeration: If your lawn receives a high amount of traffic year in and year out, you might notice that it starts to decline or compact. Compacted soil can also be spotted by the presence of moss, which shouldn’t just be treated like any other weed. The remedy for lawn compaction is lawn aeration. Lawn aerators can usually be rented from local hardware stores and rental centers. Fall is typically the best time of year to aerate a lawn, but if you notice severe lawn compaction in the spring, you might want to take care of it sooner than later.
Fertilizing: You can fertilize your yard in the spring organically with compost or mulching mower, or you can use chemical fertilizers. Only a light fertilization is usually needed in the spring. Too much fertilization in the spring can lead to disease and weed problems. Save most of your fertilizer for the fall when a heavier dose is needed.
Herbicides: If you know you usually have a crabgrass problem, pair your fertilization up with some pre-emergent herbicides, which are intended for weed control. This acts as a shield that prevents weeds from germinating. For other perennial weeds such as dandelion, you may need to apply a post-emergent herbicide.
Mower Tune Up: Before a long summer of regularly having to mow your lawn, get your mower a tune up in the spring so that you know it can be relied upon for the next few months. You can either pay an expert to tune up your mower for you or save a buck by learning how to do it yourself.
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