A beautiful spring lawn starts with a little wintertime preparation. As soon as the last frost of the year ends, you’ll need to start doing landscaping maintenance to ensure it looks lush. Here are a few tips to revive your lawn after months of frigid temperatures, high winds, ice, and snow.
Landscape Preparation Tips to Get Your Lawn Spring-Ready
1. Remove Debris
Rake your lawn to get rid of dead leaves, twigs, and other debris. Also, remove dead grass to give the lawn’s root system the stimulation it needs to grow. Dead grass left on your lawn over the winter will form thick patches of thatch, creating environments for mold, mildew, and fungus to grow.
2. Check for Compaction
Look for signs of soil compaction, such as moss, to ensure a healthy grass root system. If you notice compaction, schedule lawn aeration services. They should be scheduled based on the type of grass you have. If you have a cool season grass, you should plan for a service appointment in the early spring or fall. If you have warm season grass, make your appointment in the late spring. These are the grasses’ growing seasons and subsequently promote quicker healing.
3. Prevent Weeds
Prevent weeds on your lawn this spring by removing them before germination. If your lawn has a crabgrass issue, use pre-emergent control methods when the soil reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This keeps the weeds from spreading when the weather warms up.
4. Check the pH Level
Test your soil’s pH, especially if you notice moss. Too much moss on your lawn indicates that it is overly acidic and needs lime to look lush and prevent weed growth. An overly-alkaline lawn, in comparison, can interfere with nutrient absorption and requires ammonium-N fertilizer.
Inspect your lawn for bare patches and apply seed along with a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer. Add quick-release nitrogen fertilizer to the bare patches about five weeks later to prevent bald spots. Keep in mind that fall or early winter is the perfect time for overseeding since the soil is warmer and there are fewer weeds for the grass to compete with.
Hire professional landscaping experts this winter and spring to ensure that you’ll have a lush, beautiful lawn. Columbia Tree & Lawn Service, located in Maryland, has provided residents throughout Howard, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Montgomery Counties with exceptional landscaping services for more than 40 years, including tree removal and yard drainage services. Call (410) 740-5444 today to schedule an appointment or learn about their landscaping services by visiting them online.