The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming; it’s finally spring, so let’s talk spring lawn care.
From what to do to what you should avoid, here are some of our favorite tips for making sure your lawn stays beautiful and healthy this year.
Rake up Debris
Rake your lawn deeply in order to remove any debris that may still be lingering from fall and winter—you don’t want anything getting in the way of your grass actively growing again. Additionally, you’ll want to rake in order to remove thatch, the layer of turf grass tissue that lies between the soil and root system and the green grass above. If thatch becomes too thick, it can damage the health of your grass.
Aerate your lawn by making small holes in order to relieve soil compaction from frequent use. This will allow oxygen, nutrients, and fertilizers to better reach the roots of your grass. You can purchase a hand aerator for smaller lawns or rent one from your local hardware store to tackle bigger jobs.
If your lawn goes through a lot of wear and tear from kids and pets, you may have some brown patches. You can generously reseed any bald patches in your lawn, or consider doing your entire lawn in a process called overseeding. When you overseed, you spread grass seed onto existing grass in order to make sure your lawn stays lush and full all over.
Fertilizer feeds your grass and helps it to grow long and healthy. It is recommended that you fertilize your lawn lightly in the springtime in order to prevent weed growth, then opt for a heavier feeding in the fall.
For many, spring lawn care is all about weed prevention and removal. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to your lawn if you prefer to treat weeds before they sprout. It’s not recommended to use pre-emergent herbicides in addition to overseeding and aeration, so pick which one your lawn needs most. If you’d rather aerate and overseed your lawn, consider using a post-emergent herbicide in order to treat weeds as they emerge, or you could go the old-fashioned route and just pull them by hand.
Tune up Your Lawn Mower
Make sure to replace the gas in your lawn mower each spring, as old fuel can be detrimental to the engine. Additionally, you can change the oil and replace the spark plug and air filter, and remember to sharpen your mower blades as well. If your lawn mower is past the point of repair, now is a good time to replace it before peak mowing season in summertime.
Contact Monarch Sod
For all your spring lawn care needs this year, contact the experts at Monarch Sod. We sell, deliver, and install high-quality Kentucky Bluegrass and drought-resistant sod blends that are sure to give you a beautiful and long-lasting lawn. We serve residential, commercial, church, and park properties in Salt Lake and Utah counties in the beautiful state of Utah.