6 Tips For a Spring Lawn Makeover

Spring is here and the forecast calls for some sunny days and longer nights. It’s time to break out the honey-do list you’ve been preparing all winter long and tackle some of those outside home projects.

Here’s a great list to get you started from The Home Depot and Yahoo.

Step 1Boost overall soil health. Spring is an excellent time to check soil health. If your lawn is compacted, aerating it will help. The holes created by the aerator allow air and water to reach roots and fertilizers to settle in. Test your soil to determine its nutrient levels and acidity/alkalinity (pH) level so you know what to add. All soils benefit from the addition of organic matter, such as compost.

Spreading a thin layer over your entire lawn will enhance your soil’s ecosystem, which in turn will support healthy grasses. Also, if your soil pH is too acidic, apply lime to raise the pH or “sweeten” it; use sulfur to lower the pH of alkaline soil.

Step 2Know when to fertilize. Fertilizing lawns helps build dense turf that crowds out most weeds. Thin grass and bare spots invite weed seeds to sprout and take hold. Fertilize lawns when they’re actively growing.

In southern regions, early spring is the start of the growing season for heat-loving turf grass species, including buffalo grass, zoysia grass, Bermuda grass and St. Augustine grass. These plants are awakening from their slumber after the cooler months and, if properly cared for, will flourish all summer long.

Observe your lawn and apply lawn fertilizer as soon as the grass begins growing vigorously, which may be early spring in some regions and several weeks away in cooler locales. Plan to fertilize again in summer.

In northern regions, spring is a time of rapid growth for the area’s cool-season grasses, including ryegrass, fescues and Kentucky bluegrass. These grasses prefer cool weather and will grow vigorously until hot weather slows them down. Then they’ll resume growth in fall. Fertilize cool-season grasses in spring when they begin active growth—which may still be a few months away—and again in fall to provide the nutrients they need, when they need them.

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