Don’t worry – they’re not terribly complicated and can make a big difference in the overall appearance of you lawn later on down the road. Additionally, they’ll help compliment a lot of the work we discussed last month.
Let’s jump right in!
We mentioned dethatching last month – but it’s always a good idea to wait a month and give your lawn a once-over, one more time. Especially in wet seasons like the Spring we’ve had this year on the seacoast, some grass can brown out and not come back at all. That can crate a matting all to it’s own, so it’s good to skim back over one more time. A little detritus won’t hurt anyone or anything – but a quick skim will help give your lawn that little extra kick once the weather finally warms up and your soil dries up a bit.
Grass needs healthy soil in order to grow. Grab a soil testing kit from your local hardware or garden store and put it to use. Most types of grass grow in conditions that are neither acidic nor alkaline. Get a feel for where your lawn is at and make the adjustments as necessary.
For the first few mows
When you mow your lawn in the spring, you should mow it on a high setting. Why? Because tall grass means deeper roots. Not only will these deep roots find moisture better, but they’ll also crowd out weeds and prevent issues in certain spots in your lawn. So go for more of the light trim and a little off the top instead of taking out the heavy duty clippers and going for the tight look.
Weed treatment alternatives
Weed treatment is as important as any of your lawn care priorities in the spring. But some of us would rather stay away from using chemicals in our yard for a wide range of reasons. Safe to say – there are alternatives you can turn to that are organic and that can work just as well.
Two of the easiest solutions you can use are probably hiding out in your kitchen cupboard right now – and that’s cornmeal and white vinegar. It ain’t exactly pickling, but it’ll work. Especially in the case of white vinegar, it’s 5% acetic acid – which will be more than enough to kill off most weeds. If you need something with a little more punch – you can get up to 20% acetic acid white vinegar at your local garden store.
As they say – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and it applies as much to springtime lawn care as anything else. Setting the right course for your lawn early on – will lead to better results in the future – and results that are easy to manage.