A green, lush lawn is one of the first things I look forward to when the snow finally melts. However, after being buried under snow for months, your lawn needs some TLC to look its best come summer. Start in spring with these 6 easy steps for a green, lush lawn this summer.
Leaves, debris, dead roots and grass accumulate over winter, raking helps clear all that away. It also lets you see which areas of your lawn need attention. Raking exposes the soil in areas you will need to reseed and that provides the best conditions for new growth. One rake I like is for this is the Razor-Back 24-Tine Steel Leaf Rake. The flexible steel tines will pull out thatch for a healthier lawn. This rake is durable; the steel head is bolted to the handle for a secure connection while raking.
Aerating your lawn is important, especially when you live in a snowy, cold climate. That type of weather causes soil to compact. Aerating removes plugs of soil from your lawn and allows air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produces a stronger, more vigorous lawn. There are several types of aerators available, there are larger units that can be attached to the back of a lawn tractor or small hand held aerators like the Ames Steel Spike Aerator. You should choose one that is best for your needs.
To help fill in bare spots or to expand your lawn, you must seed. It is important you choose the right type of grass seed for your area. Visit your nearest garden center to speak with an expert for recommendations. To spread seed over a large area, you can use a seed spreader like the Scotts Turf Builder Edge Guard DLK Broadcast Spreader.
If you need something smaller to seed a few bare spots, the Scotts Turf Builder 5-lb Broadcast Spreader is a great choice.
If you are expanding your lawn or starting a new lawn, you may want to cover the seeds with hay especially if you are dealing with a slope. Hay also prevents the birds from eating the seeds, protects them from being washed or blown away and helps to retain moisture after watering. Once you have seeded, you want to water your lawn. The key is to keep the area damp, but not soaked until the new grass grows.
You will need to decide how you want to manage weed control. For myself, I do not use any chemical weed killers on my lawn. We live a very green life and garden organically, so the last thing I would do is treat my lawn with chemicals. There are non-toxic and organic solutions if you feel the same. Talk to the lawn experts at your local garden center for advice.
Love the smell of fresh cut grass? That’s good, because you will need to mow your lawn regularly. Don’t cut new grass until it is at least 2” high. If you are looking for a mower, you will have to decide whether you want a push mower or a ride on. This will probably be based on the amount of lawn you need to mow. You can see a wide selection of mowers, rakes, seeders, aerators and more at stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walmart. Right now, they are having great deals on lawn care products and you can save even more with the money-saving promo codes and discount coupons on this site.