After a cold and unyielding winter, the warm weather is finally coming. Preparing the lawn with the shift of the season is necessary. With summer is just around the corner, spring is the best time to get your lawn ready to soak up all the nurturing rays of the sun. Follow the tips below to get started:
1. Start mowing the lawn
The best time to trim the grass, remove all moss, and eliminate every weed on your lawn is after the sun has dried up the last frost from the ground. In short, you have to make your lawn tidy once again. So you might want to get that lawn mower out of its hibernation and back in its best form at this point. You will be using it twice a week for the rest of the warmer months, maybe more frequently in the summer.
2. Test the soil
Be sure that the quality of the soil on your lawn is at its best. The acid content of soils increases the more it is planted. A simple soil test will tell you how frequently you have to fertilize. Fertilization is best started in spring and continued throughout summer. Fertilization increases the nitrogen content of the soil, which initiates plant growth. Examples of common fertilizers used to improve the soil’s condition are ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate, and urea. Organic fertilizers like compost and manure can also be used.
Aeration is the process that allows air to enter the soil. It lets the grass breathe while enabling water and nutrients to reach the roots of the plant. Aeration makes it possible for plants and grasses to survive even the hottest days of summer. A special aeration machine is used for this purpose.
4. Reseed and water
Extreme weather conditions could have left ugly patches on your lawn. Till the soil and evenly spread the grass seed on the bare patches of your lawn to cover them. Regular watering of the lawn is also crucial. Ideally, it should be done every 7 to 10 days, increasing the frequency during the hot summer days. Be sure to water your lawn once the ground has gone dry. Doing so will keep the grass from turning yellow. If the lawn has gotten hard, spike it with a garden fork before watering.
Keeping your lawn in its luscious green state may require hard work. While summer is a good time for planting and sowing, spring is when all the lawn preparations have to be done. You know how the extreme heat of summer can be harsh for your lawn. You should make it ready for such conditions. With these easy-to-follow tips, you are sure to have a well-manicured lawn with almost no effort at all.