Many people often wonder why their neighbor has a stronger, healthier, and more beautiful lawn then their own. Chances are the neighbor cares for and maintains (or has a company that actually knows the keys to a great lawn) their lawn better than the person who’s lawn might not be so nice and beautiful. Well, you are in luck.
Lawn Care Tips For Spring to the beautiful and healthy lawn that is the envy of the neighborhood are:
1) Remove the old dead leaves from last fall if you have not already done so. There are several ways this can be achieved. You can rake the leaves. Another way to remove the old leaves from the lawn is to mow the lawn with a bagger attachment. Always dispose of the leaves, and lawn clippings properly for your area.
2) Roll the lawn. Rolling the lawn is important as it smooths out the ground and removes the bumps making your lawn not only easier but safer to mow. Some think when you roll a lawn you just go one way and you’re done. It is actually best to roll the lawn front to back, diagonally twice, 2nd time being the opposite diagonal of the previous, then side to side.
3) Dethatch your lawn. Dethatching is the process of removing thatch, which is basically the leftover dead lawn clippings from your lawn. This process can be done along with step #1 if you rake the lawn. “power rake” (basically meaning put some good strength behind the rake) the lawn when you doing it along with cleaning up the leaves. The other way you can do dethatching is to buy a dethatcher for your tractor or contact a lawn care provider that offers the service to do it for you.
4) Aeration. It is recommended you hire a lawn care provider that offers the service to do it for you as a good aeration machine is quite expensive to purchase, and many of the products targeted for homeowners for aeration simply do not work. This step is very important and it is important to do it correctly using the proper machinery because it opens up your lawn for proper air, water, and fertilization flow through the ground and to your lawns roots.
5) This fifth step goes along with step #4 (aeration). This step is called overseeding or re-seeding. Spreading seed over your current lawn. You want to do this process after doing step #4 and is suggested you do it the same day or day after. Always use a spreader to ensure even distribution of the seeds so the lawn grows in evenly. Also, pick a seed that is designed for the area you are seeding and follow the directions on the bag as far as watering your new seeds.
6) Fertilization. You will want to use a weed and feed fertilizer if you plan on doing this step. Always check the seed bag for more instructions whether it is okay to use a weed killing fertilizer. This can be done 1-2 months or longer after you undertake the overseeding process.