Spring is in the air – well, almost. March 20 is the first official day of spring, signaling the end of a short and rather mild minter.
With this seasonal transition, however, comes warmer temperatures and blossoming plant life.
Homeowners should use this as an opportunity to prepare their lawn for the upcoming spring season.
Here are five simple tips to prepare your lawn for spring.
It’s a good idea to get a head-start on fertilizing your lawn before spring arrives.
Fertilizing early in the season helps your lawn emerge from dormancy and subsequently absorb beneficial nutrients from the soil and rainwater.
The thing to remember when fertilizing early in the season, however, is that “less is more.”
Pre-Treat for Weeds
You should also pre-treat your lawn for weeds. Grass isn’t the only plant life that thrives in spring; weeds and other invasive plants also thrive.
It’s frustrating when you spend countless hours manicuring your lawn, only to discover weeds have popped up at every corner.
To prevent this from happening, pre-treat your lawn for weeds early in the season.
Aerate Your Lawn
Consider aerating your lawn to assist in proper growth and development. Aeration provides several benefits, the most notable being improved nutrient absorption.
You see, aerating a lawn creates small holes in the soil, and nutrient-rich water will flow into these hole before soaking into the soil.
Once in the soil, the nutrient-rich water is then absorbed by the grass; thus, helping it grow and develop.
Raise the Blade
When mowing your lawn, raise the blade to at least 2.5 inches. You can feel free to lower it later in the year, but you should keep it relatively high during late fall and early spring.
Grass is still sensitive during this time of year, so mowing at a low blade height could further stress and damage your grass.
If you mow with your blade at 2.5 inches, however, your grass should be protected against severe stress.
Rake Leaves and Debris
If you haven’t done so already, go ahead and rake your lawn to remove any pine straw, leaves, or other debris blanketing the landscape.
While these things may seem harmless enough, they can block out the sunlight, preventing your lawn from soaking up the sun’s much-needed UV rays.
And without sunlight, your grass will struggle to grow, let alone thrive in the spring season.
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