Basic Lawn Care for the Spring
It's warmer out, the sun is shining, and you may be home a whole lot more than usual. Now is the perfect time to create your lawn care plan! We have some tricks and tips up our sleeve to get your lawn looking fabulous this season!
What should you do with your lawn right now?
Spring has sprung, and that means a gorgeous lush lawn is within your reach; This calls for a spring cleaning of your yard! The first step is to clear any debris from the fall and winter. Try raking to remove any dead grass or leaves that may be hanging out on your property and pick up any fallen branches or sticks.
Now is a great time to get the first mow of the season in. Check your mower's cutting height, ensuring it's at its highest setting for your grass type. By cutting your grass high for an existing and well-maintained lawn, you're allowing it to establish a strong root system. This method also prevents weed growth.
Putting Down Seed
If your grass is looking a bit lackluster, you could benefit from adding seed. When seeding, timing is everything. If you have cool-season grass (for all our New Jersey residents), you will want to start this process in the early spring. However, if you have warm-season grass, consider seeding in late spring.
To achieve the luscious green lawn you desire, you will want to over-seed. Prepare by mowing your grass extra short; This will make it easier for the seeds to come into contact with your soil while still receiving adequate sunlight and water. (NOTE: Only mow your grass short if you are planning on putting down seed. Otherwise, mow high.)
Using a lawn spreader like this one, spread your seed according to package directions. Our lawn care products are great for all seeding and grass needs. If spot treating, follow the same steps and simply spread seed with your hands.
For the first few days, water all areas with seed lightly, two times per day. Then after the first week or so, you can switch to heavier watering once a day.
Pro Tip: Avoid putting seed down when it's windy. You don't want a gust of wind to ruin all of your efforts!
As the temperature begins to climb, you will start to notice more weeds making an appearance in your grass. When this begins to happen, it's time to take action! Grab your favorite weed killer, and spot treat the weeds that are popping up. Make sure to select a weed killer that will NOT harm your grass, like this one.
Note that while hand-weeding is an option, this method can potentially damage the roots of your lawn and cause the weeds to spread seeds.
Think about a bear coming out of hibernation. That's how your lawn is feeling right now--hungry. Your yard has endured the harsh winter elements, and welcomes the spring with a big appetite, so as it gets warmer outside and your grass begins to grow, it is time to grab your fertilizer and get to work!
A few days before feeding, water your grass thoroughly to allow the soil to absorb the fertilizer. After preparing your soil, fill your favorite spreader with the fertilizer of your choice, and begin spreading, making sure not to miss any areas. When spreading, follow a similar pattern to mowing. Walk up and down your lawn and overlap a bit on each pass to make sure everything is covered.
Achieving a Beautiful Lawn