Spring is just around the corner. The trees are growing their leaves, the birds are coming back from their southern journey, and grass is poking through the sparse snow. You’re probably already dreaming of afternoon picnics or croquet tournaments on the lush, deep green, thick grass of your lawn. But hold on a minute. A lawn as beautiful as that doesn’t happen all on its own. It takes a little preparation, and the short period of time between the end of winter and the beginning of spring is one of the most important times to do it.
1. Clean It Up
To begin with, you’ll want to remove all traces of winter. Melted snow can reveal all kinds of harmful debris. Grab some thick gloves and old trousers and get to work cleaning out flower beds, dips in the lawn, and underneath bushes. Use a simple garden rake to fluff up matted grass that could hold snow mold. With a cleaner lawn, air can more easily flow and new grass can grow unhampered.
2. Mow It Down
You’ll want to mow your grass once all vestiges of winter have disappeared. Just as hair that has not been trimmed in months will grow in healthier after a trip to the barber, so will grass after winter. While a good cut is a great way to prepare your lawn for spring, try to avoid trimming grass too short.
Like most living things, grass needs both food and water to survive. HGTV expert Melanie Haiken suggests fertilizing your grass at least twice a year, in the spring and the fall. Sprinkling fertilizer into the grass in the spring kickstarts your lawn growth and paves the way for the lush, healthy-looking lawn of your dreams.
Following winter, the soil of your lawn is often compacted, making it very difficult for roots to extend and for air and water to reach them. Aerating your grass once winter has vanished loosens up the soil, allowing roots to spread and receive the nutrients they need to be healthy. You can rent a core aerator from your local hardware store or hire a professional to do this for you.
5. Repair Damage
If the winter was particularly harsh, it can leave behind a lot of damage that you’ll need to repair as quickly as possible. You may want to apply pre-emergent weed control to stop weeds from growing in the weak spots on your lawn. If damage is particularly bad, you may need to reseed certain areas of your lawn.
6. Do Any Landscaping
The end of winter brings with it a sense of new beginnings, and with that often comes ideas for a fresh look in your yard. It’s best to do any landscaping at the beginning of spring before your grass and plants have had a chance to grow. It makes the process of adding new features and moving existing plants much easier as far as care and maintenance goes.
Enjoy spring a little early this year by diving in and taking care of your lawn when it matters most. By taking just a few short and simple steps, you can enjoy months worth of compliments and luxury on your breathtaking yard.