National Lawn Care is in full effect for the month of April. Spring is in full bloom, so enjoy the fresh air, the animals, and the rich sun that you’ve been missing on those dark and cold days of the winter. Proper care for your lawn doesn’t just make the yard look great. You actually help the environment by improving the air quality. This is something often neglected in today’s technological society. However, we still need to breathe in clean air. For this month, we are going to talk about how to start taking care of your lawn after the winter season.
Start When Your Grass Has Become Green
During the winter time, the elements have zapped up a lot of the nutrients in the soil. This has made the yard a bit tougher to treat. While you may be tempted to start your lawn care process right on a hot day in spring, it’s better for you to wait until your lawn gets more of a green color. Somewhere in mid-April would be a great time to begin due to the consistency in weather. If you took good care of your lawn in the late fall, chances are a good raking will be a great way to wake your lawn up. It’ll make yard work easier as time goes by. Now, it’s time to start raking the lawn.
Rake Your Lawn to Help Prepare a Blank Surface
Over time, your lawn will be covered with different debris and other things that have caused tremendous damage during the colder months of the year. Raking helps to clean up that top surface so you have some foundation to build. Find a great rake to help you get rid of pesky roots, thatch, and anything on top of the soil that will prevent water and nutrients from soaking in the ground. If you see any compacted areas, use an aerator to help loosen the soil so that it’s more fertile for grass growth. The next thing you want to do is check the pH balance of the soil.
Take a Look at the Soil Acidity
You want your soil to have a good balance, so that it’s more receptive to water, fertilizer, and sunlight. If you want to do it yourself, there are different gardening and hardware stores that have special tools to allow you to check your soil’s pH level. You can always get a professional’s view by calling your local cooperative extension service to gauge the problem at hand. If you see any areas that look barren, you’ll want to reseed them to stimulate more growth. In case your grass is too acidic, sprinkle lime across the surface. That will help neutralize the soil for better grass growth as you begin to work on your lawn. Additionally, you want find the right place with sufficient sunlight to plant seeds. Also, you should see if you need to fertilize your lawn.
Take Proper Care When Fertilizing
If you fertilized well in the fall, chances are you won’t need to do much in the springtime. However, you may live in a more humid area, so the need for fertilizer is a must. During the cooler seasons, the fertilizer stays pretty tucked into the grass especially when it rains. However, it can easily dry out when put in warmer weather. It’s a good idea to start this more in late spring. There will be more rain that allows everything to keep moisture. Use a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer to help ease it in the grass. Next, you want to get rid of any pesky weeds.
Getting Rid of Your Weeds
Weeds make the grass unhealthy and blocks out much needed sunlight. A good way to get rid of it is by mowing your lawn. Just be clear to cut your grass to a decent level if you know it’s more prone for growth during the time of the year. The best way to do it is by making sure it’s a bit higher so that the fertilizer doesn’t dry out the soil. The higher grass actually helps the roots grow in stronger so that the weeds don’t overtake it. Learn how fast your grass and weeds grow so that you can start training your lawn for healthier growth. If you still have trouble with weeds, find a good weed killer from your hardware or gardening store. Just sprinkle it lightly so that you don’t harm your grass in the process.
With this knowledge in hand, please share and spread the word of National Lawn Care month across social media. Let people know that lawn care is important for not only humans, but the overall quality of the environment as well.