How to Get Ready for Spring with Lawn Maintenance
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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.
- 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.
- 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.