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Lawn Maintenance Tips for Spring

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The last remnants of the winter season are now gone and spring is back in full bloom. If you neglect your lawn before the winter season, there’s a good chance that your front yard does not look good as the snow melts. In today’s post, we are listing down practical lawn maintenance tips to keep your outdoor space looking extra lovely during the spring season and beyond:

Start Cleaning the Lawn

Once the snow melts and your lawn is ready for cleaning, get a rake and start removing the unwanted debris on the lawn. If you have problem areas in the yard, such as a spot ridden with weed, algae, etc., you have to address these issues before they start affecting your entire lawn.

If your lawn has an uneven ground, grab a shovel and start raising the depressed areas to create an even ground. If soil compaction is the issue, you have to loosen the soil by using an aerator designed to remove small plugs of soil from the lawn. Remember, grass cannot grow on compacted soil. Break up any above ground root system to ensure an even surface for the grass to grow.

Planting the Grass

Once you are done cleaning your lawn and treating the soil, it is time to reseed the bare parts. You can use Bermuda and Zoysia grass to improve the appearance of your lawn. You can either plant the seeds yourself or have a professional do this for you. Either way, you’ll have to check your soil condition to ensure proper growth. Once you’ve corrected your soil composition, you have to aerate the soil to boost nutrients and promote proper root growth.

If you are re-seeding the lawn yourself, check what type of grass varieties work best in your region. You’ll also check the amount of sunlight your yard gets. Estimate the size of the area for seed coverage in pounds per square foot.

Fertilizing the Grass

After re-seeding the bare areas of your lawn, you have to ensure that weeds are under control as the grass grow. You can use a combination of herbicides and fertilizers to keep your yard looking fabulous. The fertilizer ensures that your lawn will grow thick and lush while the herbicide will eliminate weed that’s stealing all the nutrients from the soil.

The amount of herbicides and fertilizers to put in the soil will depend on many factors, including the extent of your weed problem.

Mowing the Lawn

Once the grass has started to grow, you have to maintain the grass at a certain length for uniformity. Moving the lawn actually helps keep your grass healthy. However, you have to control the number of times you mow your lawn otherwise, too much stress could harm the grass.

Ideally, you want to cut your grass at the tallest height recommended for your grass type. For instance, if you are using common Bermuda grass, mow it after it reaches 1 to 2 inches in height. For fescue grass, leave it to grow up to 2 to 3.5 inches before mowing. For St. Augustine, wait until the grass is about 2 to 4 inches in height before mowing. Finally, Zoysia should be kept at about 0.5 to 1.5 inches before mowing.

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