Getting Your Lawn Ready for Spring
Spring is finally here which means that the snow has melted and revealed what’s underneath it – a brown lawn in need of some attention. What can you do to make sure your grass is green and lush as the temperature warms up? Our list of things you can do to get your lawn ready for spring is a great place to start.
- Aerate your soil. After winter, the soil is dense and harder than usual. This makes it difficult for water and air to get down to the roots of your grass, something that’s crucial to get a nice, green lawn. An aerator uses steel tubes to remove plugs of soil from the lawn and place them on the lawn. You can rent an aerator for half a day which will give you enough time to aerate your entire yard.
- Mow the grass very low. This might seem counter-productive, but mowing your old, brown grass will remove what’s called thatch, an accumulation of dead stems and leaves from the winter. Thatch prevents nutrients from reaching the roots of your grass and can even create a good environment for disease, which should be avoided.
- Fertilize your lawn. Once temperatures begin to rise, the seeds of lawn weeds start to sprout. This is why it’s important to fertilize your lawn (and your gardens) before the spring growth actually begins. To determine what type of fertilizer is best for you, you will need to know the type of grass you have.
- Use dormant oil. Dormant oil is a combination of oil and lime sulfur which should be sprayed in the spring before the leaves bud. It helps kill any bugs or parasites that may have camped out in your lawn during the winter. Dormant oil is advantageous to pesticides because they are less harmful to the insects that can do good for your lawn.
- Get your sprinkler system ready to go. Once you’ve prepared your lawn for watering, you can begin using your sprinkler system as long as the temperatures are above freezing level. Before you turn on your sprinkler system, you need to take the necessary measures to make sure you don’t damage any pipes or components. The safest way to do so is to make an appointment with your sprinkler system provider to provide you with a system opening.
To learn more about how to get your lawn ready for spring, contact the sprinkler system experts at Rainforest Sprinklers and Lighting today!