Springtime has arrived in Akron, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio. The snow’s melting and brown grass is transforming into green once again. And just like you make sure that you eat foods with vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy, your lawn needs some help to stay healthy and lush for health too. Spring is when it’s time to start thinking about feeding your lawn so that it’s full and verdant throughout the entire 2013 growing season. Here are five must-dos that you need to do to your lawn this spring:
- Soil testing – Every spring you should get your soil tested before you start feeding it. A soil test will give you an idea of what’s lacking in your soil and to decide what course of action you’re going to take to fix the problem.
- Liming – After you get your soil’s test results back, it will tell you if your soil has a neutral pH, which it should have, or if you have a more acidic pH, which isn’t healthy for your lawn. If you find that your soil’s pH is acidic, add lime to your soil. Lime comes from limestone and consists of calcium and magnesium. These two minerals will neutralize your soil, which will make your soil ideal for growing grass. Plus, it will also add magnesium and calcium to the grass roots which will help it grow more healthy and dense.
- Aeration – Aeration is done to break up compact soil and to allow oxygen, fertilizers, and water to embed into your soil. If your lawn has bare patches, too much thatch, or you want to prepare your lawn for spring overseeding, you want to first aerate your soil. You’ll need to overseed soon after you aerate your lawn so that weed seeds don’t nestle into the aerated soil to propagate.
- Overseeding – Most lawns don’t need to be reseeded in the spring; it’s typically a fall maintenance job. However, if you notice areas on your property where’s there are bare spots where grass should be growing, or areas where there’s thinning turf, overseeding will bring back that full turf look to your lawn.
- Fertilizing – Fertilizing is feeding your lawn; its high nitrogen content feeds your turf’s growth. In early spring, it’s recommended that you use a pre-emergent with your fertilizer for crabgrass control. In late spring, a weed and feed should be used to feed your lawn as well as protect it from broadleaf weeds. Consider using organic fertilizers, such as Holganix, to add more natural nutrients to your lawn.
Post Emergent Advice
If you didn’t add a pre-emergent with your fertilizer, you can use post-emergent herbicides that are applied after weeds start appearing on your turf. It’s imperative that you read the label of any post-emergent that you purchase. You can buy synthetic or organic post-emergents to treat the weeds that have sprung up in your lawn.
Saving Time & Effort
If you live in the Akron, Cleveland, and Columbus areas, consider calling a local lawn care service to take complete care of these must-do jobs. Not only will it save you time, but they have the expertise to know exactly what your lawn needs in the spring, as well as the rest of the growing season. And most offer package deals that include many of the above services for a reasonable fee.
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