Hotter days means more outdoor time. It also means that after dormant all winter, everything outdoors begins to grow and thrive. As a homeowner, one of the home’s most important aspects is the surrounding lawn. A flourishing lawn was growing up as a symbol of pride and prosperity that could be echoed throughout the neighborhood. A good lawn is a place for your kids to play outdoors, host family BBQs, and relax on a nice summer night under the stars. Your Landscape includes your lawn, so it’s best for you to care for it to enhance your yard’s beauty. Follow these spring lawn care tips to set yourself up for success in the months to come in order to achieve a green, lush lawn this year.
To begin with, winter is not friendly to your lawn’s soil. Neither is the salt or ice melt that you may have been using during the colder season. All these factors can shift your soil’s pH, compress the soil, and establish the kinds of conditions that make your lawn more susceptible to weeds. Carry on the side effects of winter and combat them by thoroughly raking your lawn to clear all the dead grass and leaves that have been built up. Raking allows your Landscape to grow to the surface. This will enable new grass blades to grow and help nutrients penetrate your soil as well. Take an aerator after dethatching the grass and use it on your lawn. Aerating helps break any compaction by making small holes in the lawn to allow air to flow into the soil’s roots. When you find that your lawn has bare patches, use a soil conditioner and track the areas that need care. Once you have established the right grass canvas to grow and thrive, encourage your lawn’s growth by applying the right fertilizer and herbicide combination. These will help to control the effects of weeds and insects while providing the nutrients it needs to your lawn. Be careful which fertilizer you are using and when you are using it, as in some cases fertilizer can do more harm than good. Proper fertilization typically occurs on a timetable meaning you will most likely not need early spring if you fertilized your lawn in the late fall. If this is you, then concentrating on weed control may be more fitting than adding additional nutrients to your lawn. I suggest spreading a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer per 1,000 square feet early in the season to optimize yield if your lawn has not been fertilized in a while. An important tip is not to use herbicide when you try to grow new grass from seeds as the herbicide will prevent the germination of the seeds. In most cases, herbicide can be used to solve isolated problems in your lawn for spot treatments. Feel free to use your lawn mower’s mulch feature to also improve your lawn’s organic nutrients. Don’t forget to fine-tune any yard equipment, test irrigation systems if you have them, and remove any unusable tools or equipment.
Enable the hums of the neighborhood’s mowers and edgers to drive you towards a green lawn. Each lawn is different and comes with its own unique set of circumstances. To achieve a healthy lawn all season, assess your grass status and follow these spring lawn care tips as needed. If you need additional help with your Landscape in Tacoma, Washington, then you should reach out to NW Landscapemanagement or another expert landscaper.