Our lawns are exposed to the elements throughout the entire year, with each season bringing its own toughest and roughest unique set of challenges. Heat waves during summer can make it hard to keep a verdant lawn, while autumn leaves can threaten root systems if not addressed. Winter weather, however, is harsher; the frost, snow and cold temperatures can pose a significant threat to lawns, leaving homeowners with major work to do in spring.
Spring is a season for revival, resurgence, and rejuvenation, which should be graciously extended to our lawns. With the last traces of winter finally disappearing, homeowners will need to glove up, dig out their lawn tools and get to sprucing up their lawns in the forthcoming months. Breathing new life into our lawns is a priority for many homeowners, so here are a few tips.
*Look for signs of damage. Before beginning any landscaping projects, look around for signs of damage. Salt damage can occur in areas that received heavy snowfall. Many communities use rock salt to de-ice snow and ice covered roads. Rock salt is largely made up of 98.5% sodium chloride, which can damage lawns and plants. Lawns can also be damaged by mice and voles who burrow under the snow and feast on the new grass. Mold can be another foe that can weaken our tender turf.
*Remove debris. A light raking can help removed any debris that accumulated over the winter. Debris such as branches, leaves, and blown in garbage, can prevent lawns from getting the sun and water they need to thrive. It’s important to mention that if the grass is still frozen, walking on it can cause further damage.
*Consult with a pro. As well meaning as homeowners are, lack of lawn care experience may still tempt them to dig and pull, resulting in even more damage. Consulting a professional landscaper who can identify problem areas and share ways to correct the situation.
*Let the grass grow. As unkempt and scruffy as our lawn is in the spring, we may be eager to mow. Mowing the lawn is a chore reserved for late spring, summer and autumn. Don’t be reckless and mow too early. A patient approach allows the grass to reestablish itself, so let it grow a little higher than you normally would. When the grass gets to approximately 4 – 5 inches high, you can cut it down to 3 inches and then maintain your normal mowing routine for the rest of the spring and summer.
*Reseed or Resod. Spring is one of the best times of the year to re-seed or re-sod your lawn. If bare spots on your lawn are ignored, they can turn into unattractive mud puddles. Adding new grass seed and some fresh sod can turn an ugly yard into a groomed lawn. Seed and sod will both require ample water to grow, so you can take advantage of the rain to grow new grass in your bare areas.