With March 2017—and spring—just around the corner, we at Portage Turf Specialists are excited to see Ohio’s bright and thriving lawns. Giving your yard some attention toward the end of winter will pay off during the spring and summer, so this is right about the time you can start preparing your lawn for the upcoming seasons.
Here are a few tips on how to get a lush spring lawn.
Aerate your soil, and let it breathe.
When soil is packed too tight, it makes it difficult for water, air, and roots to get in. This results in grass not being able to grow properly. The best way to combat this problem is to have your soil aerated. This is when plugs of soil are taken from your lawn and deposited on the ground, which reduces compacted soil and helps promote optimum lawn growth and health.
Get rid of thatch.
In order to get rid of thatch (the accumulation of dead leaves and stems left over from the cold winter months), you need to mow the old brown grass down low towards the end of winter. The thatch can stop water and nutrients from getting to the roots and can also cause lawn diseases. Mowing low also allows the sun to access and heat up the soil, which encourages healthier grass.
Stop weeds before they start.
Now is the time to stop weeds in their tracks. Use a pre-emergence lawn weed preventer to make sure no unwanted sprouts pop up. A good weed preventer will form a barrier on top of the soil in order to keep weeds from emerging. However, keep in mind that aerating comes before weed prevention, and don’t use weed preventer if you’re sowing grass seeds this year.
While mowing is a regular and simple job done by most homeowners, aeration and weed prevention are generally best left up to trained professionals. Contact Portage Turf Specialists today at (330) 296-8873 for a customized estimate on getting your lawn springtime-ready and all of your organic lawn-care needs. We provide naturally better lawn care to the communities of Kent, Ravenna, Aurora, and Hudson, OH, and we’d be happy to add you to our list of satisfied customers!