Here in the South, we boast some of the most pristine and cared-for lawns in the country. But lawns don’t take care of themselves. It takes a lot of work to get your lawn looking like the ones in the gardening magazines. Luckily, we have put together a checklist of spring chores to help you get started on your lawn care goals.
Homeowners who are serious about their lawns take the time and effort to get their soil tested. Getting a soil test is lawn care on a chemical level, and it can tell you all sorts of valuable information like how much water your soil gets, which nutrients are available and which aren’t, and whether your pH balance is too high or too low. All these factors contribute to and affect the growth of your grass and plants. Your lawn may look uniform on the surface, but underneath it is a different story. Getting your soil tested will reveal which parts of your lawn are most suitable for planting and which parts need more work.
Everyone is different when it comes to their lawn. Some folks don’t mind a few weeds here and there, while others loathe the sight of just one. While it is very hard to control weeds that are carried into your yard on the wind, you can do something about the weeds that are already hiding under your grass. The seeds that were deposited in the fall are laying in your soil right now, waiting for the right time to sprout and take over your yard. Getting these weeds now will prevent them from multiplying in the summer and fall. With an application of pre-emergent herbicides, you can kill weeds before they germinate. Pre-emergents are safe and do not kill your grass. Just make sure not to put down any pre-emergents on areas you have freshly seeded.
Whether it’s from pests, diseases, or what have you, if your lawn looks tired or weak just, it could be a candidate for overseeding. Overseeding is the adding of new grass types to your existing lawn with the purpose of boosting resistance to pests, drought, and disease. If you have an older lawn then you probably have a single grass type in your yard, which means it’s very vulnerable. A healthy, vibrant yard is composed of at least two different grass types. Lawns with mixed grass types are often more disease and insect-resistant. Overseeding is an investment that pays off by reducing the need for excessive fertilizer, water, and pesticides.
A lot of lawn problems can stem from your soil being too compact. Soil compaction prevents water from soaking into the ground. Instead, water sits on your grass and keeps it wet for long periods of time. Diseases such as brown patch and dollar spot thrive when your lawn remains wet for too long. Soil compaction can also weaken or kill your grass, leaving an opportunity for weeds to invade. Aeration is a vital process that loosens up the soil and alleviates many lawn problems. You should have your lawn aerated at least once a year to keep your lawn lush and healthy.
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