When the weather starts clearing up in the spring, most people head outside to take care of their lawns. Mowing, fertilizing, weeding — it's all a part of the process. As you clean up your lawn this spring, consider taking a few steps to save yourself time later on. Here are a few key steps to start with.
Use a slow-release fertilizer.
When you fertilize your lawn this spring, choose a fertilizer labeled as "slow release." This type of product is formulated to slowly break down and seep into the soil, rather than seeping in all at once. As such, it will keep your grass nourished for months on end, rather than just for weeks. If you apply the slow-release fertilizer in the spring, you probably won't have to fertilize again that year. You'll also waste less time and energy worrying about dead or dry grass since your grass will stay healthier.
Scatter a pre-emergent weed killer.
Definitely pluck any weeds that you see popping up in the yard. But also spread a pre-emergent weed killer. This type of weed killer prevents weed seeds from germinating. So, you will have fewer weeds in your lawn all season long. You should not have to pull as many weeds or spend as much time spraying the lawn with weed killers.
Aerate the lawn.
An aerator is a tool that you roll over your lawn to poke holes in the soil. There are handheld aerators you can purchase and push. There are also roller-type aerators that you can pull on the back of a tractor. If you don't have a lawn tractor and your lawn is too large to aerate by hand, you can hire a landscaping contractor to aerate it. Aeration will allow water to penetrate your soil a lot better so you don't need to water as often throughout the season.
Scatter some seed.
Purchase some grass seed, and scatter it over your lawn. This process is known as top-seeding. Not all of the seed will germinate, but some of it will. The new grass will thicken your lawn, so it looks greener and more lush all season. It's easier to add the grass seed early in the spring when the weather is more moist.
Spring is the season for lawn care. Think carefully about the steps you take at this time. Taking certain steps will save you time later on.
To learn more, contact a local spring lawn care service today.