After the winter months, your lawn will need some extra care to wake up from its hibernation. To ensure that your lawn remains healthy through summer, follow these spring lawn care steps.
Rake Your Lawn
Raking your lawn in spring will get rid of the thatch layer and any other debris that built up during winter. Getting rid of the thatch and dead organic material will allow the grass to grow with room to expand and absorb all of the nutrients it needs. You are doing the job right if the teeth of the rake are pulling up brown blades of grass.
Loosen the Dirt
If your yard was subject to snow build up or heavy foot traffic it may be compacted. Compacted soil will not allow grass to grow new root structures, and will allow moss to grow in its place. Mossy areas in your grass are a good sign that you need to aerate your soil.
You can rent a lawn aerator from your local hardware store or ask your lawn care company about service packages.
Overseeding uses more grass seed to your lawn to fill in the dead patches. This will replenish the areas where older grass is struggling and prevents weed growth. It is best to overseed following aerating or dethatching your lawn because the seed will have to get into the dirt layer to germinate.
Spring brings many noxious and local weeds to the Austin area. Spring is a good time to pull weeds before they take root during summer. Controlling your lawn’s weeds will also help new grass seed and existing grass to grow fuller and faster.
Herbicide kills crabgrass dandelions and any other unwanted plants from taking over your yard. Spring is a good time to apply pre-emergent weed-killing mixtures to stop the unwanted seeds in your lawn from germinating.
Post-emergent herbicides can be used to prevent the growth of the root structure for larger weeds. These weeds are harder to control after pulling out of the ground because they will leave a root structure behind that will still grow.
Fertilizer gives your lawn the necessary nutrients to grow hearty and full through spring. Summer growth and winter weather can deplete the nutrients in your soil. For best lawn growth, fertilize your lawn all seasons. However, fertilizing in spring is important to enable more plant growth.
Tune Up Your Mower
Your mower may be in disrepair after months of sitting during the winter season. Follow the list of checks to make sure your lawn mower can take on the new year of lawn care.
- Make sure your spark plug(s) work. If you notice soot build up on the bolt, it might be time to replace the spark plug.
- Check your fluid levels – If you have either a 2 or 4 stroke motor, you may need to replenish your oil and gasoline.
- Check your air filter – it is essential to the longevity of your mower to change your air filter when it is dirty.