The beginning of spring offers the perfect opportunity to touch up your lawn. With warmer temperatures, grass and plants become more active, thus emerging from their once winter-dormant state. However, there are a few steps you must take to ensure your lawn is ready for this seasonal transition.
Check Your Lawn Mower
Assuming you haven’t used your lawn mower in a while, you should perform some basic maintenance so that it’s ready for the upcoming spring weather.
For starters, this means checking the blade for signs of damage, and if necessary sharpening it or replacing it with a new blade. You should also change the oil and spark plug for maximum performance.
Spending just a little time and money on your lawn mower will prolong its life while giving you greater control over the appearance of your lawn.
Early spring is the perfect time of year to fertilize your lawn. Lawn care experts recommend fertilizing when the soil temperatures reach about 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep in mind, however, that different grass varieties have different nutritional needs. Therefore, you should choose a fertilizer that’s with the proper nitrogen, phosphorus and calcium blend for your respective lawn.
If you need help choosing a fertilizer, visit a gardening store and ask for assistance.
Mulch Grass Clippings
Rather than bagging and disposing of your grass clippings, use them as free mulch. Assuming your lawn mower has this option, mulching can enhance in your lawn in several ways.
It helps by hydrating your grass with additional moisture content, and it also provides additional nutrients for your lawn.
Test Soil Acidity
When was the last time that you checked the acidity of your soil? If it’s been a while, or never, there’s no better time than the beginning of the spring season to test it.
Most plants prefer soil with a pH level of somewhere between 5.5 and 7.0. If it’s higher or lower than this range, grass and plants may struggle to grow. Of course, you can adjust the pH level of your soil by using the appropriate fertilizer.
Clear Out the Dandelions
Dandelions are the bane of every homeowner. These invasive weeds can quickly take over your lawn, consuming valuable nutrients that could otherwise be used by your grass and plants.
If you discover them on your lawn, use an herbicide product – store-bought or homemade – to eliminate them.
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