The long, cold winter is finally showing signs of ending, which means it’s time to revive your lawn. The harsh winter cold – and snow – can wreak havoc on your grass.
Fortunately, there are some ways to bring your lawn back to life during the transition from winter to spring. It’s important to start work on your lawn early so that you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy lawn all summer long.
The grass that comes in after winter can be brown or yellow – pretty visually unappealing. However, this layer plays an important role in keeping the growing grass underneath well-insulated, helping it to grow in healthier. While it may be tough, it’s in your lawn’s best interest to avoid the urge to mow until spring has officially begun.
During the transition from winter to spring, review your irrigation system and make sure it is in good working order. Proper irrigation is key to healthy, vibrant grass. If you’re unsure how to maintain your irrigation system, consult a landscaping expert.
Fertilizing your lawn is a great way to add extra nutrients to the soil and encourage healthy grass growth. However, different fertilizers work best for different types of grass. The best way to figure out what kind of fertilizer your lawn needs is to conduct a soil test. This test will determine pH, phosphorus and potassium levels. It’s inexpensive to perform a soil test, and the information provided will help you select the best fertilizer to breathe new life into your spring grass. You can also buy soil testing kits at most garden stores.
As your grass begins to grow in spring, it will become clear where the bare patches are. These will need to be carefully re-seeded in order to create even growth, and a neat and tidy looking lawn.
In order to take the best possible care of your lawn, you’ll need the best possible tools. Make sure your lawn mower is maintained and in good working order, and that other garden tools such as rakes, spades, and hoes aren’t in need of any repair. The end of winter is a good time to declutter your garden shed, and assess what needs to be bought or repaired.
By preparing your grass for the transition from spring to winter — by properly irrigating, mowing, and fertilizing your lawn — you’ll give your grass a healthy start for its spring re-growth. By being proactive about lawn care, you’ll also create a lawn that is easy to maintain throughout the summer.