Tips For A Healthy Lawn Beginning In Spring

Snow may be present over your yard, with ice and frozen vegetation making your landscape appearance that of a frozen tundra. However, before long, your yard will thaw and begin to germinate with new growth for spring, including your lawn. An early start on your lawn care can do wonders for your yard and its total landscaping, so be sure to take some time and prepare to get a head start. Here are some recommendations that you can use to get your lawn into a healthy condition this spring with the right practices that you continue throughout the year.

Clean Up Your Lawn

In the spring, after a heavy winter of storms, your lawn may contain debris and trash, such as leaves and twigs that are leftover from last fall. If there are areas of leaves covering your lawn, remove them as soon as possible. If not removed, they will smother out your lawn and kill the lawn's roots. Rake them up and compost them. 

You should also consider the layer of thatch that is present in your lawn. A thin layer of thatch is normal and beneficial to your lawn and the soil below, but when this layer becomes thicker, it does more harm at this point. Use a lawn rake to collect up the thatch layer so you can collect it and add it to your compost pile. 

Work On Bare Patches

There are going to be the occasional bare dead spots in your lawn, either from grubs, weed growth, or from a previous heatwave. When these bare patches emerge in the spring, take some time to prepare them and re-seed them for new lawn growth. Remove any weeds that may be growing in the area and rake up the soil over the bare spot to loosen the soil. 

Apply a layer of lawn seeds appropriate for your climate. For example, if you live in the northern states, apply cool-season grass, but if you live in the southern states, apply warm-season grass seed. Rake in the grass seed and apply a compost or mulch over the soil so it protects the seeds from birds and wind erosion. Water your reseeded patches regularly at least once a day to keep the area moist and to promote seed germination. Installing a sprinkler on the area with a programmable timer is a good way to keep your seeded lawn patches moist if you don't already have an underground sprinkler system.

For more information about lawn care, contact a local company, like Green Oasis.