A healthy and happy summer lawn starts with spring preparation
Sit back and admire a lush green lawn this summer by starting the season off with proper lawn maintenance. From fertilizers to watering, there are a few things to keep in mind now for a beautiful outdoor space later.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
• To avoid long-term damage, stay off your lawn right after the spring thaw.
• Rake your lawn to remove thatch, a layer of dead material consisting of stems, leaf sheaths and roots found between green vegetation and the soil surface.
• Selecting the right fertilizer depends on your lawn’s needs and any persistent problems.
• Try a slow-release fertilizer with a crabgrass protector or an organic fertilizer.
• Use a seed-spreader cart to ensure the right amount of fertilizer and its even distribution across your grass.
• Use grass seed to isolate an area of your lawn where growth is sparse.
• Add lime to your fertilizer to add essential minerals and help increase the fertilizer’s efficiency.
• Mow your lawn every 10 days during the growing season and keep the height between ½ - 3”, depending on the type of grass.
• In warmer months, let the grass grow longer to avoid a buildup of weeds and the ground from drying out.
• Sharpen your lawn mower blade and clean the engine at the start of the growing season to guarantee a clean cut.
• Step on and off your grass and then watch how fast the blades bounce back. If the blades take more than a moment to bounce back, are wilted or curled, or dull in color, it may be time to water.