The winter snow may provide a natural blanket for the ground, but once
it melts, lawns tend to be soggy, brown, and aesthetically displeasing.
Fortunately, there are a few steps homeowner’s can take to liven
up their lawns and prepare them for the approaching warm weather.
Aerate the Soil
Homeowners can rent a core soil aerator from any local hardware store.
Relatively inexpensive, the cost should be around $40. The machine resembles
a rotary tiller and uses steel tubes to pull plugs of soil from within
the lawn and deposit them on the top layer. Because soil gets heavily
compacted in the winter, it makes it hard for fertilizer, sun, and water
to penetrate into underlying layers. Using a soil aerator will reduce
the soil compaction, bringing life to the lawn and allowing necessary
nutrients to disperse properly.
Mow the Lawn
Once the snow melts, the grass may appear to have an unfortunate brown
hue. This is due to layer upon layer of detritus piling up under the compacted
snow. Mowing down the old grass will remove the thatch, which is an accumulation
of dead steps and leaves.
Start Weed Prevention Early
As the temperature begins to reach 70-plus degrees, weed seeds spread and
begin to sprout. Weed prevention should begin in late winter to early
spring before the temperature begins to rise. Start by applying a pre-emergence
lawn weed preventer. After watering, the chemical will form a barrier
on the soil, prohibiting weeds from germinating. However, if you’re
planning on spreading new grass seeds this spring, do not put down weed
preventer, as this will prevent grass seeds from coming up. Be sure to
use a soil aerator before applying the chemical, as aerating after the
chemical has been put down will destroy the protective barrier.
Lawns take a lot of work to maintain. If it is getting too expensive and
intensive, downsize to a smaller lawn. If there is a brick patio, consider
trimming down the lawn within the patio borders and creating clean, fluid
lines. A smaller, healthier lawn is better looking than a larger, mediocre
lawn. Because lawnmowers can be easily damaged by yard debris, hand-trimming
down the perimeters of the lawn will save time and possible damage to
expensive equipment. Downsizing will also benefit the lawn by reducing
water needs and providing more sunlight. This saves time and lowers bills.
As with decorating a home, adding color to a lawn creates visual appeal.
Think of placing some brick and stone borders to boost complementary color
combinations. Contrasting colors will break up the scene and accentuate
the landscaped appearance. Add a few colorful shrubs or potted plants
in opposite colors for an inexpensive addition to the landscape.
Get started early on lawn maintenance this spring. You can look forward
to a healthy, vibrant lawn that will turn your neighbors green with envy.
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