Now the snow is gone it has left some of our lawns with unsightly bare spots, crab grass or dead patches where the fall leaves were, if you take pride in a manicured lawn you probably already have a system in place, but for the new homeowner or new landscape professional trying to make a go at it; here are some common tips to help you have a lush lawn this season.
First, give your lawn a light raking. This will lift up matted grass and help remove snow mold by fluffing it up so air and sunlight can get to the soil.
Seed bare and thin areas early. You want to get those spots seeded as soon as possible as bare spots are areas where weeds like to sprout first.
Get your soil tested. Your soil might be missing basic nutrients or have a poor pH, which can affect your lawn’s overall health and look. Check in your area for nurseries or lawn care companies that will send samples out for you. You can also shop for do-it-yourself kits as an alternative.
Fertilize early. If you didn’t fertilize in mid to late fall, your lawn will be looking for food. Fertilizing now will stimulate both above and below ground to help with early spring grown.
Make your first cut short, about 1 -1 ½ inches. This will cut away some of the dead grass left over from last fall. It will also allow sunlight to warm up the soil faster, stimulating grow and allowing sunlight to reach newly forming grass blades.
Hopefully you can use this information to improve the curb appeal of your home for many years. If you ever want more tips on things like home maintenance you can read about it here. Or if you have questions about selling or buying real estate please contact me directly!
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