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Spring Awakening!

ESSENTIAL LAWN CARE TIPS TO KICK OFF A VIBRANT SEASON

Article by Susan Brewer

Photography by Susan Brewer

Spring's gentle breeze and warmer temperatures signal new beginnings, and your lawn is no exception! To ensure a flourishing green haven throughout the growing season, some crucial spring lawn care steps are essential. Here's your comprehensive guide to awaken your lawn from its winter slumber:

Cleaning Up for Fresh Growth:

  • Raking Revival: Spring cleaning extends to your lawn! Rake away lingering leaves, dead grass blades, and winter debris to allow sunlight, air, and moisture to reach the healthy turf beneath.
  • Aerating for Action: Aeration alleviates compacted soil, allowing air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the root zone more effectively. Consider aerating your lawn in early spring, especially if it experiences heavy traffic.

Waking Up the Roots:

  • Thatch Termination: Thatch, a layer of dead grass clippings, can impede healthy growth. Dethatching in early spring removes thatch buildup, promoting better root development and nutrient absorption.
  • Seeding Solutions: Overseeding bare or patchy areas with fresh grass seed in early spring allows for establishment before the summer heat arrives. Choose a grass type suitable for your climate and sun exposure.

Feeding for Future Success:

  • Fertilization Feast: Apply a slow-release fertilizer formulated for your grass type (cool-season or warm-season) in early spring. This provides sustained nourishment throughout the growing season, encouraging lush green growth.
  • Soil Sampling Savvy: Consider a soil test to determine your lawn's specific nutrient needs. This allows you to tailor your fertilization program for optimal results and avoid potential nutrient imbalances.

Mowing Magic:

  • Mower Maintenance: Before the mowing season begins, ensure your mower blade is sharp for a clean cut. A dull blade can tear grass, making it susceptible to disease.
  • Mowing Matchmaker: Adjust your mowing height based on your grass type. Taller cool-season grasses (around 3 inches) benefit from slightly higher mowing heights in spring to retain moisture.

Bonus Tip: Address any lingering winter damage by reseeding bare spots and repairing any winterkill patches promptly.

By following these essential spring lawn care tips, you'll set your lawn on the path to a thriving and verdant season. Remember, a healthy lawn not only enhances your curb appeal but also promotes a cooler microclimate, reduces erosion, and provides a haven for pollinators. So, embrace the spring sunshine and watch your lawn flourish!

Susan Brewer Service First Real Estate (636)936-8600

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