The ever-elusive quest for a lush green lawn – it’s a seemingly modest pursuit. Yet, any weekend warrior who has set out in April determined to grow and maintain the ultimate lawn, only to have it overcome by crabgrass and bare patches come June, knows that maintaining a luscious green lawn takes a strong commitment throughout the season.
Sure, maintaining a perfect green lawn is hard work, but there are few things you can do during the early spring months to help set your lawn up for success all year long. Follow these few tips, and we can all help make Green Township a little more “Green” this Spring.
Don’t Mow Too Low
Mowing too low is one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when caring for their lawn. The top half of a blade of grass is where most of your lawn’s energy is absorbed. Cutting your lawn too short can stunt root growth and rob your lawn of the nutrients it needs. Set your mower to the highest or second-to-highest blade height. Longer grass holds more moisture, helps to shade out weeds, and promotes stronger roots.
Fertilize Early for Strong Spring Growth
Applying an early fertilizer application in April or May can help your lawn get off to a good start. Using a fertilizer mixed with weed control can help stop weeds before they sprout, and also promote healthy root growth that will set your lawn up for the Spring and Summer months.
Don’t Neglect Your Soil
Soil is the foundation of your lawn, and it’s one of the most overlooked aspects of traditional lawn care programs (even professional ones). Newly launched products like Jonathan Green’s ‘Love Your Soil’ make soil care easy by helping to aerate and loosen compacted soil, turning even the heaviest clay soil into rich crumbly topsoil optimized for lawn health.
Set up a Watering Schedule
Healthy lawns require about an inch of water every week. If this water requirement isn’t fulfilled by rainfall, you may have to supplement with a lawn sprinkler or irrigation system. Keep in mind that consistency is key with watering – watering sporadically can pull your lawn into and out of dormancy, which leads to that “browned out” look.
Troubleshoot Problems as They Arise
Now that you’ve done most of the heavy lifting and set your lawn up for success, it’s important to maintain it throughout the season. Be sure to remove leaves, pine cones, branches, and other debris throughout the season. If left too long, this debris can suffocate your lawn and cause bare spots. If your lawn does develop brown or bare spots, you can over-seed those areas with a bit of grass seed designed specifically for lawn repair.