Spring Lawn Care Tips

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Spring Lawn Care Tips

Spring is just around the corner, and with the warming temperatures and melting snow, it is almost time for you to start worrying about taking good care of your lawn. There are many things you can do to help improve the look of your lawn, from methods to mowing your lawn to using the right kind of fertilizer, to even ways to keep your lawn safe from creatures that live under ground. So keep reading and take note of the many methods and practices you can use to keep your lawn looking healthy and green all summer long.

With winter turning into spring, odds are you will not need to immediately water the lawn. The melting snow is more than enough for now. One of the first measures you should take is to aerate your lawn. Depending on the kind of soil you have, you will only have to aerate one or two times per year. If your lawn has dried or you live in a climate that does not receive much snowfall in the winter months, be sure to water your lawn thoroughly two day before aeration to allow grass tines to penetrate deeper into the soil. Depending on the size of your lawn, you may be able to bypass renting an aerator or hiring a lawn care service to perform the aeration for you. You can aerate your own lawn by simply walking across it while wearing shoes with spikes. Golf shoes are especially effective.

Another method of keeping your yard looking healthy is to make sure unwanted weeds aren’t infesting your lawn. A very simple method of combating weeds in your lawn is to overseed. Overseeding your yard in the spring will not only guarantee you a lush, thick lawn throughout the entire summer, but will help to crowd any room for weeds to grow. If it is too late for overseeding and you are already seeing the weeds growing, a mixture of vinegar and water sprayed at the root of the weed will kill it, and allow you to easily pull it out of the ground by hand. If you do have to pull weeds by hand, water the lawn around the weeds to soften the soil. This both allows for easier removal of the weed while doing minimal harm to the lawn as a whole.

What if weeds aren’t the problem? What if the problem is with nature’s creatures? Well, there are ways to protect your lawn from them as well. Birds that like to prey on ladybugs, lacewings and other insects that will dwell in your lawn can easily be distracted by keeping a well-maintained bird feeder or bird bath nearby. Other, smaller creatures such as beetle grubs that like to feed on the roots of your grass and can leave patches of brown, dead grass on your lawn can be warded off by simply spraying insecticide on your lawn. Unfortunately long-term insecticide treatments can actually harm your grass, as the chemicals can be washed into the soil during a rainstorm or when you water your lawn. A safer alternative many farmers use nematodes, which kill the grubs while still in their larvae stage.

The easiest way to care for your lawn, cutting it, is also the most important part of your lawn care. If you just cut the grass without a care, you may actually do more harm to your lawn than good. The first thing you can do to help your lawn grow thick, as well as reduce the amount of herbicide you use, is to cut your lawn at a taller level. Between 2 ¾” and 3″ is an excellent height to cut your lawn, as it will reduce the stress the summer heat can put your lawn through. The extra shade on the soil below also helps ward off the growth of weeds and crab grass. However your first and last cuts of the year should be shorter, between 1 ¾” and 2″. In the spring months this helps to eliminate any fungus that has accumulated over the winter months, and in the winter this helps prevent the formation of such fungus.

Maintaining your lawn mower is also key to keeping up your lawn. Only mow your lawn when the grass is dry, and always cut with sharpened blades. Mowing when your lawn is wet or with dull blades can lead to ripping in the grass, and that can turn your lawn brown as the tips dry out. A final tip to help make your grass greener is to reuse the mulch from the freshly cut grass as a fertilizer. Spreading the mulch on your lawn after it’s been cut helps to return the nutrients to the soil.

These are but a few simple steps you can take to ensure that you have the best looking lawn in town.

Scotts Water-Smart Fertilizer

Because water is such a vital and finite resource, it is essential that we conserve as much as we can. The dilemma is that our lawn needs water to grow lush and green. That is where the new Scotts lawn care fertilizer formula comes in – Water Smart. The key to reducing your lawn’s water usage is the root enhancing formula in the fertilizer that maximizes the absorption ability of your grass. Use Scotts Water Smart to do your part in preserving the environment and making your community beautiful.

Lawn Repair

It is the dream of most homeowners to have a healthy, lush, green lawn. Depending on where you reside, summer may be as brief as three months, leaving very little time to enjoy your yard. It is important to kick off the summer season with a healthy lawn in order to maintain it.

However, if you require lawn repair there are many methods available to you. For lawns that are thin, lawn repair requires grass seed. Overseed the thin areas to thicken them up and prevent weed infestation. In areas that are completely bare, it is best to resod. Laying sod isn’t difficult. A homeowner can do it, and save lots of money. Purchase the sod in pieces at your local nursery. Lay each piece down, tightly butted up against the previous piece. Continue in this way until the bare spot is covered. Then water the sod in completely.

Lawn repair may also involve ridding your grass of insects such as grubs, mole crickets and chinch bugs. You can apply the proper insecticide with a broadcast spreader or in liquid form via your garden hose. Use pesticides sparingly as they are not good for the environment. Sometimes a lawn develops a fungus. This is usually due to overly moist conditions. If you have a sprinkler system and your yard is experiencing fungus, reduce the watering times to once or twice a week. Fungicides can be applied to the suffering areas of your yard also.

Lawn repair may also include irrigation work. As you add more flower beds, walkways, patios or other additions, you’ll need to redirect your sprinklers, or possibly add more sprinklers. By purchasing lengths of PVC pipe, and various connectors, you can easily add more sprinklers to your yard. No special tools are required. Dig the trenches where the pipe will rest. Connect the new PVC to the existing PVC. Add elbows, couplings or tees wherever they’re required. Then choose the proper sprinkler head for the area. There are sprinklers that spray in full circle patterns, half circle, and quarter circles. Some sprinklers are adjustable so you can fine tune them to water small spaces. Rotary head sprinklers spray long distances, and rotate to whatever degree is needed. Fertilizing your lawn will help avoid lawn repair. Apply the right type of fertilizer in the spring, and again in late fall. Be sure to water the fertilizer in completely. Always mow your grass at a tall height. This will help maintain a healthy, lush lawn.

Author Bio

Matt Morrison is a lawn expert, homeowner, and website hobbyist from Texas. He enjoys working on his own lawn and helping others make their lawn the best it can be. You can read more of his articles here.

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