The dreary weather of the fall and winter seasons may have caused your lawn to become less than what it could be. With the return of warm temperatures and more sunshine, you probably want your yard to look as green and healthy as possible. To begin the process of maintaining a green lawn for spring and summer, follow the four tips below to ensure that your lawn is putting its best foot forward this season.
Keep Your Grass Long
Keeping your lawn mowed at about three inches or higher is helpful in maintaining a green lawn that stays verdant and healthy. Keeping your grass long helps keep the soil shaded from the summer heat. It also shades the soil surface, which helps prevent weeds from germinating.
Get a Soil Test
If your grass is continuously thin and patchy, this may be due to a problem with your soil rather than the grass itself. A soil test can help you determine the exact nutrient or pH deficiency. Knowing if a deficiency exists will allow you to correct it properly. It’s basically the old “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”. If your soil is deficient your lawn can not grow properly. Correcting soil nutrient and pH deficiencies is critical for maintaining a healthy lawn.
Avoid Overwatering Your Grass
You may think that maintaining a green lawn requires lots of water. If you are starting a lawn from seed, you will need to water lightly but often to keep the seeds hydrated for germination. After the seeds sprout and roots form, you should slowly back off the frequency and water more deeply to keep the root zone moist. Once your lawn is established, the best watering practice is to water infrequently and deeply. Additionally, try to water in the early morning and avoid watering at night.
Aerate in the Spring and Fall
Aeration of lawns is a necessary and often overlooked cultural practice. Aeration creates small holes in the surface of your lawn. Aerating in the spring and in the fall can help maintain your green lawn by allowing water, nutrients, and air easy access to the grassroots. Fall aeration is most important. Aeration also creates better drainage, which reduces runoff.
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Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
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