Playing or relaxing on your outdoor backyard or front-yard lawns with your family in summer is fun. But you’ve got to start preparing your lawn in spring after the complete disappearance of ice. New lush green growth begins on your lawn in spring, and the flowers start to bloom, making the outdoors look fresh and new. It’s also the time when weeds often begin growing on your lawn. As such, it’s time to tend to your lawn grass. Here are seven tips on what to do to get a lush green and healthy lawn in summer?
Seed the Patches
Some patches of your lawn may remain bare because of pest or weed infestation. Excessive human traffic may also kill the grass on some overused patches of your yard. Spring is an ideal season to patch up! You can use seeds or sod that is ready to get laid on the patches. But you have first to get rid of any weeds, leaves, and debris on the patches before seeding or laying your sod.
Get Rid of the Weeds and Pests
Most weeds often start growing on the lawn in spring as the winter chills disappear. Some ground pests also get active, and if they’re the kind that eats your lawn grass or digs up the soil underneath, then you should get rid of them. You can use pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides to kill the weeds. You can also use pesticides to get rid of any pests.
Invest in Garden Design
One of the best ways to freshen up your lawn is to invest in color or some other form of visual enhancement. You can do this with new plants or furniture, but you can also do it by creating retaining walls or multi-layered gardens with gabions. Gabions also help to prevent erosion and increase the drainage of your yard, providing function with a great look.
Water Your Lawn Grass
It’s often not advisable to water your grass during the early spring because winter moisture is often present and sufficient. Watering in early spring encourages shallow rooting, which isn’t good for your grass during dry seasons. But as summer approaches, your grass may start to wilt, and if you walk on it, you may find that it doesn’t spring back straight up. It’s advisable to increase your watering rate as summer approaches or when you notice any wilting.
Fertilize Your Lawn Grass
Nitrogen is the best fertilizer for your lawn grass because it helps it get healthy and achieve that lush green, healthy look. Fertilizing your lawn in spring helps it recover from any damage it may have during the cold winter. Using slow-release nitrogen fertilizers is ideal because the fertilizer’s nutrients can stay for longer in the soil, giving the roots of your grass enough time to absorb the nutrients. It’s advisable to apply the fertilizer after your first mowing exercise in spring.
Mow Your Grass to Avoid Thatch Buildup
You should mow your grass to keep it at the right height and prevent thatch buildup or the possibility of some creepy crawlies lying hidden in it. It’s advisable to mow when the ground is dry to avoid causing ground compaction, often high when the ground is wet. It’s recommendable to cut a third of your grass’ height, and you should avoid scalping your lawn because it may cause patches with no grass.
Aerate the Lawn
Poor lawn aeration results from compaction often caused by high traffic and use of the lawns. Such compaction reduces the ability of water to seep into the ground and reach the roots. It also reduces the ability of air to move within the soil to facilitate healthy lawn grass growth. In the aeration process, you should create tiny holes in the grass to better aeration.
Dethatch Your Lawn
Thatch often builds up from grass clippings, leaves, and other debris that don’t get removed from your lawn in time. Too much thatch hinders proper lawn grass growth. You can mow the grass and then do some thorough raking or use a dethatching machine if your lawn grass isn’t too tall.
Your lawn goes through tough and cold times in winter, and it may sustain some winter damage. But with spring, the warmth may allow it to spring back alongside the weeds that often grow on lawns. As summer approaches, it may begin to wilt, and it can die if you don’t give it some tender care.