With spring just around the corner, most homeowners understand what that means: time to prep the lawn. If you want your lawn looking its best and want it to stand out above all the others in your neighbourhood, below are some preliminary steps you should take into consideration:
One of the first things to do is to get rid of any debris that has accumulated on your lawn over the winter. It is also a good idea to rake up any of the matted areas of the lawn that have been sitting under snow all winter, as these areas are often great places for snow mould. When you rake these areas and remove debris, you are providing better airflow to your lawn and minimizing the chances of any diseases or insect infestations.
Preempt the crab grass
The second step in lawn prep is to make it difficult for the crabgrass to take hold. This is a crucial step and it must be done before the soil temperatures reach 50-60 degrees fahrenheit. You must do it before the soil reaches these temperatures because as soon as they reach that point, crabgrass seeds may have already started to germinate and it will be too late to do anything about it afterwards.
Fertilize in the spring
Your lawn has been under a large amount of stress from the winter weather. By applying fertilizer first thing in the spring, you are giving your lawn a shot of nutrients that will allow it to better withstand the heat stress and potential drought conditions of the summer.
The reason people aerate their lawns in the spring is because it allows water and air to reach the root zone much faster. This prompts new growth and new root development. It is important, however, that you aerate before the soil temperatures reach 50-60 degrees fahrenheit because after this point, the holes created in your lawn will only act as invitations for other seeds and weeds to come in and take root.
Spring lawn prep requires some planning, and some consideration of the potential pitfalls, but if you keep the above tips in mind, you should be able to get your lawn off to a successful start early this year and maintain its health and vibrancy throughout the entire summer.
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