Spring is here and the birds are singing, and the bees are dancing. It’s time to get your lawn back to its glorious state. Here are some simple tips to help you revitalize and care for your lawn for the warmer months to come.
Head out into the yard and take stock of what you’re dealing with, be it weeds, moss, dry patches and marshy patches. This will give you an indication of how your lawn has been coping with the inconsistent rainfall, shorter daylight hours and cold weather we’ve had these past few months and how your lawn will cope with the increase in rainfall and longer, warmer, sunny days. Warmer weather and rainfall are magic for lawns, but you won’t get the best out of it if you neglect your lawn’s needs.
Next, start with a clean up of your lawns – clear any weeds you can by hand or run the mower over those heartier ones (use a catcher if you can, reduces seed spread). Get rid of any debris or objects covering your lawn that don’t need to be there i.e. kid’s toys, tools/machines and that pile of stuff you have in the corner you’ve been planning to clear for a while now – it’s time!
Your lawn has been struggling to breathe for the past few months with wet conditions, lack of sunlight and increase in weed coverage. After you have done a cleanup, the best thing you can do for your lawn is aerate. Aeration helps increase the amount of air, water and nutrients that will get down into your soil. It also decreases thatch as well as compaction which can prevent the good stuff from reaching the places you need it to. Let it BREATHE!
Remember when you took stock of your yard of where it was dry and where it was wet? This is why aeration is important. By aerating those imbalanced areas, your soil will have a fighting chance in the upcoming months to soak up as much as it can now and survive the impending lack of water. High foot traffic areas and poor soil need a little extra TLC from you in order to perform it’s best when you need it to. If you get in when it’s starting to warm up a bit and potential water restrictions haven’t commenced, then you’ll give it a fighting chance. The warm and wet conditions are when lawns and gardens tend to thrive. A garden fork or specific aeration shoes (purchased from your local garden store) will do the trick.
Try not to water your lawns too much coming into the hotter and dryer months. You can train your lawns to thrive off minimal water supply but reducing the frequency leading up to those months. By spacing your watering days and giving it a good soak when you do, will encourage your lawn to sink deeper roots and have a stronger roothold in the soil. This promotes a healthier and stronger lawn for the more harsh and extreme heat conditions. You obviously don’t want to starve your lawn but having a minimalist approach will help you reap the rewards.