Lawn care may be the furthest thing from your mind after the crazy winter; however, attention is required during all seasons to achieve healthy grass. There are ways to help your lawn bounce back after the cold winter. With a bit of attention, your resilient grass can return to its lush green self in no time. Here are some tips for starting lawn care after winter.
Be sure not to leave anything behind when preparing your lawn for the colder months. Ensure all leaves, furniture and hoses are stored away for the winter. If anything is left on the surface of your lawn, the grass can get matted down. With the extra moisture from the snow, pests and mold can sneak into the soil, killing your lawn.
Protect your grass from regular traffic and piling snow through the last stretch of the season. Ensure your paths and driveway are clear, directing people where to walk. It is important to avoid shoveling snow onto your grass or making snow piles. Break up the piles of ice that have accumulated over the winter and spread the snow around to prompt faster melting.
Shifting into spring, the growing grass can be damaged easily from the pressure of snow piles or feet. Piles of snow take longer to melt, blocking your grass from the first warm sun rays. This results in the grass taking longer to grow and gain that luscious green you’re looking for.
When the snow clears, don’t be surprised if your lawn looks worn down and brown. The winter can be very harsh on your grass. Lightly rake the lawn once spring comes to help perk it up ahead of the growing season. Once the soil dries, clear away dead grass and leaves using a rake. This can break up the matted areas and allow airflow to reach the blade’s surface.
Ensure that everything is dry before raking; if the soil is still muddy, your lawn can be damaged from working and walking on it. Always be very delicate during this season, your grass is sensitive and fragile, and the moisture from the snow makes it easier for the blades to pull from the ground.
It is important to aerate and seed your lawn during the peak growing season. This allows the grass to bounce back quickly. Aerating is the process in which small holes are put into the ground, allowing the soil to break up and providing space for new grass to grow. Aerating also gives the roots access to the spring air and provides the lawn with nutrients more efficiently.
First thing in the spring, give your lawn some fertilizer treatment. Aerating as soon as the snow melts gives your grass more nutrients to grow. By using fertilizer, you are giving your lawn that extra boost to absorb and flourish. Fertilizing is a quick and easy way to prepare your lawn for the summer months.
Even though it seems early in the season, caring for your lawn is a year-round task. Avoid putting unnecessary pressure, such as snow piles and feet, onto the fragile grass during the cold. Once the snow melts, it is time to start maintenance to ensure your lawn grows green and lush for the summer months. Lakeshore Landscapes provides lawn installation and maintenance services; visit our website to learn more.