01 Mar Spring Lawn Care — 7 Steps to a Radiant Yard
Don’t waste your summer making up for spring lawn care mistakes. Start your lawn off on the right foot.
Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year, spring is still right around the corner. This means it’s time to make a plan and get your lawn and yard ready for April showers and May flowers. Follow these 7 spring lawn care steps and get a head start toward the perfect yard.
The first step in your spring lawn care process is dethatching. Over time, dead grass accumulates in your lawn. Removing it makes room for new growth while decreasing the likelihood of pest infestation or fungus growth. Going over the yard with a dethatching rake will do the trick.
It is important to test the pH of the soil to make sure your efforts pay off like they should. Most varieties of grass grow best in soil with a relatively neutral pH. There are ways to correct soil pH if you identify a problem, so soil testing can keep you from pouring money into inadequate soil. You should be able to find a do-it-yourself pH test kit from your local nursery or garden store.
#3 Clean Up
Equipped with a rake and some pruning shears, take a walk around your property and remove any dead plants, prune dead and damaged branches, and clear debris. If you are in the Bellevue or Issaquah area, you may be able to keep up with the debris. For those in Spokane or Coeur d’Alene, be prepared to tackle this step as soon as the snow clears.
If your grass gets a lot of traffic or spends a winter buried under heavy snow, the soil eventually becomes compressed and inhospitable for grass. Aerating invites nutrients, air, and moisture back into the soil. While it may be tempting to remove the resulting wine-cork sized plugs left behind, resist the urge. As they disintegrate, they provide important nutrients.
Once you’ve aerated, the next step in your spring lawn care routine is to treat your lawn with a pre-emergent herbicide. Doing so will prevent weeds from growing, which means you won’t have to battle them all summer. A chemical-free alternative to herbicide is cornmeal.
As you preemptively treat your lawn for weeds, be sure to skip any bare spots that you wish to reseed. If you choose to do any spring lawn seeding, be sure to keep an eye on those areas, as they may need extra care (watering and weeding) during the hot summer months.
If you follow these spring lawn care steps, you’re bound to end up with a lush carpet of grass—the perfect canvas for great landscape design. A truly enjoyable yard will make the most of the space you have with luxurious patios for entertaining, stunning water features, and gorgeous garden spaces. Fortunately, Alderwood Landscape Architecture and Construction is here to help you create the most luxurious space for Northwest outdoor living.
Call Alderwood’s Team of Landscape Architects at (866) 453-1253 for a free design consultation.