Spring means a new lease on life for your lawn. Here at Cape Cod Lawn Care, we love the spring — the new growth, the extra sunlight, the end of winter frosts. And your lawn loves spring as much as we do. As the weather changes, your lawn will begin to flourish once again. So how do you prepare your grass for the upcoming growing season? We’ve collected a few tips and tricks that you can employ to ensure that your lawn is the talk of the town throughout the coming year.
Get Rid of Lawn Thatch
Over the winter, thatch can build up around your lawn. What is thatch? Thatch is all of that stuff that can build up into a matted layer on your lawn — all of those leaves, dead grass, twigs, pine needles, you name it. When thatch accumulates over the winter, it can choke your grass, leaving your lawn patchy and brown. What’s worse is that thatch can harbor other problems. Thatch provides an excellent breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and insects. Plus, weeds are more likely to grow out of thatch, since they won’t have to compete with nearby grass to grow. So, this spring, it’s best to get rid of the thatch in your lawn. We recommend giving your lawn a thorough raking to revitalize your grass. Plus, you should have your lawn aerated to further reduce the amount of thatch that is left in your yard.
Similarly, your lawn and its soil can become compacted over winter. As winter storms roll through, your soil and grass become compacted, which makes for a difficult growing season. As we mentioned, aeration can help. Aerating your lawn gives that soil the opportunity to decompress. In addition, aeration reintroduces nutrients and air to the roots of your grass. It may seem counterintuitive to use an aerator to tear up some of the soil in your lawn, but that’s why aerated lawns are greener throughout the year. Have your yard aerated twice per year, preferably in the spring and fall, to let your lawn breathe.
Seeding your lawn is a good idea in early spring (although it’s actually best to seed your lawn in the fall!). If you have bare patches throughout your lawn, you can add seed and fertilize to fill out those bald spots. Be wary that if you do have dead patches throughout your lawn, you may have another problem on your hands. Bare patches can crop up if you’re overwatering or underwatering your lawn, if you’re using a bad pesticide or herbicide, if you have shady or overly sunny spots, if you accidentally pour gasoline on your lawn (a big no-no!), or even if you have a dog that uses your yard as their bathroom.
Fertilizing is always a good idea in the spring. Over the winter your lawn can lose a lot of nutrients in its soil due to precipitation. That’s why it’s crucial to add fertilizer to your lawn in the spring and throughout the growing season. Adding fertilizer in the spring ensures that your soil has all of the nutrients necessary to support healthy grass. You should also take time to check the pH balance of your lawn to make sure that conditions are perfect for healthy growth. Your soil should have a pH level of about 6.5, a slightly acidic pH level. You can add fertilizer that contains lime or sulfur to balance the pH level of your lawn. Add a lime fertilizer if your soil is too acidic or add a sulfur fertilizer if your soil is too basic. Take note, you should be cautious not to add too much of a given fertilizer. Also note that it can take up to three months for your soil to become balanced again so you’ll have to be patient if you are treating your lawn. Regardless, be sure to read the instructions for your fertilizer carefully before adding it to your lawn. If you’re not comfortable fertilizing your lawn, consult a lawn care expert.
Weeds can be an eyesore in your lawn, and they can spread if you allow them to proliferate. Springtime marks the first season for weed prevention, although it can be a yearlong battle to keep your grass weed-free. It’s best to act early and often to keep weeds at bay. You can use weed prevention products for your lawn. There are numerous herbicides on the market that are designed to kill off your current weeds, and to prevent weed growth in the future — just be sure that you use a product that is safe for your lawn! Again, read the instructions carefully if you’re applying a weed-control product yourself. If you’re wary of weed-control products, you can always call a professional lawn care provider to ensure that your lawn isn’t harmed. Or, if you prefer, you can simply pull weeds by hand throughout the year.
Pull Out the Mower
It’s time to start mowing once again. As your grass grows past a couple inches for the first time this year, you’ll need to begin mowing regularly. Regular mowing ensures that your lawn is consistently green. Mow your lawn as needed to keep weeds, bacteria, and pests at bay. You’ll also provide more sunlight for all of your blades of grass if you keep a consistently cut lawn, and that means that you’ll have a fuller, more lush yard.
Count on Cape Cod Lawn Care
For the ultimate lawn, count on our lawn care services. Here at Cape Cod Lawn Care, we provide a variety of services, ranging from lawn care to landscaping. It’s our job to ensure that you have a picturesque landscape. We provide Cape Cod-style landscaping throughout the area, from Bourne and Mashpee to Falmouth and Orleans. Count on us for mowing, fertilization, weed control, you name it. We’re your one stop shop for all of your landscaping needs. Prepare your lawn for the coming growing season with Cape Cod Lawn Care!