Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

Spring is on the horizon, and that means it’s time to start getting our lawns ready for the next season. There are a number of chores that need to be done to help make sure that your lawn is the most envied one on the block.

Remove Leaves and Garden Debris

Remove any thatch – dead grass lying between vegetation of grass above, the roots, and soil below – from the lawn. Thatch is bad for the health of grass and prevents it from growing properly. It will not allow your grass to grow at its capabilities or have its luscious green color. Removing thatch will need to be done by raking. Be sure to wait until the lawn begins to green, as this is a signal that the roots are strong enough to handle raking. When raking debris and leaves, use a flexible leaf rake rather than metal to protect the roots of the grass.

Aerate the Lawn

Aeration is the process in which holes are poked into the soil surface, pulling a plug of dirt out, giving grassroots more room to grow. It also allows fertilizers to move down into the soil profile, where they are readily available for the grass to utilize. Aerators come in all shapes and sizes. The size of the yard and type of grass you have will determine the type of aerator you need.

Asses the Soil

The easiest way to tell the amount of fertilizer or lime your lawn needs is to have a soil test completed. This keeps you from overusing fertilizer and lime. A soil test is done by sticking a probe into the lawn and sending off the sample to a soil lab. Most local hardware stores will be able to point you in the right direction for obtaining the supplies needed for a soil test. This is also a good time to identify if you have weeds that need to be removed.

Service the Lawn Mower

Once you get your lawn in tip-top shape, it’s time to go over your lawnmower to make sure it’s ready for the grass cutting season. Start by changing the oil, air filter, oil filter, and spark plugs. Then, inspect belts for cracks. Change the blades and make sure all the tires are properly inflated to the correct psi. Check all other fluids to make sure their levels are at the correct range.

Contact Bumgardners Landscape for all your questions this spring!