When the snow starts to melt and the sun comes out earlier. It's time to get the lawn ready for summer. Spring is a great time to prepare your lawn to be healthier and greener, especially when rain starts to fall.
Keep in mind your grass has been through a lot during the winter, with freezing temperatures, snowfall and ice all wreaked havoc on your lawn. It's going to require some nurturing to bring it back to life. Nurturing your lawn doesn't mean that you need to treat it with chemical fertilizers and weed killers that can contaminate the waterways and leach in the ground. There are many earth-friendly ways to grow a thick and beautiful law.
1. Watering: Make sure that you water your lawn long enough to penetrate the soil at least 4-6 inches deep. How long you need to water will depend on the type of soil that you have. Test the soil after watering for 10 minutes. The best time to water the lawn is in the early morning or in the evening to reduce evaporation.
2. Grass Clippings: Clippings provide a natural way to feed your soil. Don't bag them out, instead spread it underneath trees in the underbush. It would work similar to moss and provide nutrients to your trees. Alternative, place in a paper bag and put into the organics bin.
3. Cut your grass often, but don't cut it too short. Shorter cuts can cause water loss, and weed germination. It can also dry up the grass or the soil, causing yellowing of the grass.
4. Remove Thatch: Thatch is the dead grass that accumulates after the winter months. Patches of matted dead lawn needs to be raked to allow air and water to reach the soil.
5. Aerate: You can rent equipment (or pay a lawn maintenance company) to aerate your soil. Aerators help to revive the soil and grass by creating pockets into the soil and therefore adding oxygen and water into the soil.