How To Ensure A Gorgeous Lawn
After a long winter, it’s finally time to start getting the lawn ready for its reawakening. Spring has officially sprung and there are a number of tasks that will give a jump start to that plush, green yard.
For example, dethatching is beneficial for keeping your lawn healthy, and especially when there is a thick layer of build up from the previous year. A certain amount of thatch, which is basically dead grass, is okay but too much can suffocate it as well as promote disease and pests.
Dethatch and Aerate
Using a stiff yard rake should clean it up nicely. However, if it is more than one inch thick, you might need to rent a power rake.
Along the same lines, aerating the soil also lets it breathe. Here’s more on lawn aeration:
Compacted soil keeps your lawn from thriving. By aerating the lawn during a high growth period, you loosen the soil so water and nutrients are better absorbed and roots have room to grow. There are lots of ways to go about aerating, depending on the size of the job. Aeration shoes or manual push aerators are perfect for small lawns, but if your yard is considerably larger, consider renting a gas-powered aeration tool. Late spring is the perfect time to aerate warm-season grasses like Bahia, St. Augustine and Bermuda, so the grass has time to heal from the process.
See the other tips here: 12 Spring Lawn Care Tips to Ensure a Beautiful Yard All Year Long
Another way to prepare your lawn and garden for a season of growth is to assure that the soil’s pH is balanced with plenty of nutrients. If the soil is too acidic or too alkaline, plants won’t absorb nutrients properly, preventing your lawn and garden from growing as well.
The ideal soil pH for lawn grasses and most vegetables is 6.5, which is slightly acidic. However, some plants prefer different pH levels, so before you amend your soil be sure to check the desired level.
A test is needed to determine the pH of your soil and most people purchase a kit from their local garden center. In this video, the narrator shows a method to do a quick home test using some vinegar and baking soda to see how your soil reacts:
Brown Patch Fixes
An additional way to help your lawn start out on the right foot is to overseed any areas that look damaged. This can happen due to winter kill, but your biggest culprit is your furry best friend going potty in the same area all winter.
The nitrogen levels in a dog’s waste can burn the grass, so you need to add soil to level the area out and then reseed it followed by plenty of water. It can also be caused by a fungus and winter kill, but you need to give it some TLC early so weeds don’t take over the area.
It’s also time to tune up the mower. Here are some pointers for preparing your equipment for the upcoming season:
Change the oil, air filter and spark plug. Clean the top and undercarriage, removing dirt and grass clippings-just be sure to detach the spark plug wire before working around the cutting blade. Don’t flip a gas mower over to clean underneath; simply lift one side and brush away dried grass. If dried grass has hardened, loosen with a hand trowel or putty knife. Sharpen the mower blade, and replace it if it has large nicks or gouges. It’s a good idea to keep an extra blade on hand so you always cut with a sharp edge. Last but not least, fill the fuel tank. If you prefer a hands-off approach, take your mower to the shop, though you will want to do it in late fall or winter to avoid spring crowds. Note, too, that a cold mower can be hard to start in early spring. Warm it up by placing it in the sun for an hour or two prior to starting. Enhance warming by placing a dark trash bag over the engine while it’s soaking up some rays. (Remove the bag before you start the mower, though!)
See the full post here: Spring Lawn Care Tips
If you took the time to prepare your lawn and equipment properly last fall, spring preparation should be much easier. In Colorado, since it’s officially spring, you can start getting your green thumb ready to go to work. If you have questions, contact a Denver landscaping company to learn more about spring lawn care.