4 Lawn Care Tasks to do in Spring
Maintaining a healthy lawn throughout the summer starts with 4 important tasks you should consider taking as the snow melts and we head into spring. Once summer starts, mowing the lawn once per week and watering two to three times per week will keep things looking good. But in the spring, you really need to think about what you can do to give your grass a head start. Doing so will save you many headaches later in the year by avoiding dead patches, reducing weeds, and promoting healthy grass.
Step 1: Rake your lawn (dethatch)
The first step you should consider is whether or not you should rake your lawn. Here in Colorado, we can get some heavy snowfalls in the winter. This can result in a thick layer of dead grass blades being compressed on top of the soil. We call this layer the thatch and if it's too thick (more than about 1/2"), it can restrict the growth of new grass blades. One of the best things you can do to give your grass a head start is to use a dethatching rake to pull up part of this thatch layer. In fact, an excessive thatch layer is one of the leading causing of dead grass patches in a lawn. Raking is not always necessary but if you can pull up more than 1/2" of dead grass laying on your soil, raking is a great idea.
Step 2: Aerate your lawn
Soil has a tendency to compress over time, especially in climates that get significant snowfall. This is not good for the health of your lawn, so here at Clean City Cuts, we highly recommend aerating your lawn every spring. By this, we mean using a core aerator or spikes to puncture the soil 3-6" deep in an evenly spaced pattern. This allows air to flow deep into the soil and allows the soil to expand and uncompress.
Step 3: Overseed your lawn (liberally)
Overseeding in the spring is a highly recommended solution to bare spots that exist now and may exist in the future. This process involves simply spreading new grass speed throughout the lawn so that it can grow and fill in bare spots over the coming weeks. It takes a long time for new grass to become established so if there are bare spots that show up later in the season, overseeding gives you an early start on filling in those spots. This is the key to keeping weeds down when maintaining an organic lawn. The more healthy grass coverage you have, the less likely weeds are to become established.
Step 4: Fertilize your lawn (preferably with organic products)
Here at Clean City Cuts, we like to fertilize lawns 3 times per year using slow release organic fertilizers. The first fertilizer application can be put down after raking and aerating are complete. Slow release (or indirect) fertilizers generally come in a pellet form and break down over time when they interact with water. Alternatively, you can use a liquid fertilizer for direct application but these types of fertilizers need to be applied more frequently and generally are not organic. Spring fertilizers give your lawn a healthy head start so that you end up with more grass and less weeds.
Bonus Step: Get a great lawn mower
Having a quality lawn mower with sharp blades is a very important step in maintaining a beautiful lawn. You want to be able to consistently cut your grass to the same length week after week to keep in healthy. This means making sure you have the proper equipment early in the season. There are many great lawn mowers on the market. At Clean City Cuts, we only use professional grade electric lawn mowers powered by clean solar power.