As the skies become clearer and daylight saving time returns, I’ve been busy inspecting my landscaping since the snow’s melted and figuring out the best strategy to improve it. I’ve struggled to find some essential tasks to foster a great lawn, but I’ve managed to figure something out, y’all. Check out my suggestions below to improve your own turf.
Dethatch the Lawn
Walking along the yard’s perimeter, I noticed patches of yellowish-brown grass. These weren’t normal, and this was a sure sign that my grass was matted from the last mowing and dead pieces of grass.
I was worried that this might hurt my yard, especially if I planned to sell someday. So here’s what I did, y’all. Instead of sending the mower back over again, I grabbed my handy thatching tool and started raking out the dead patches.
The thatching helped improve the appearance and allowed for proper germination of the grass seeds. Do what I did and use a rake or another thatching tool with pointed tines that pull at the dead ends rather than removing the dirt along with it.
Test the Soil
Right before placing any seeding down, the next thing my family and I had to do was test the soil. Testing the soil meant ensuring there weren’t any toxic chemicals in the ground.
After buying a tester from my local hardware store, I grabbed a sample and waited the allotted time to see if there was anything wrong with the soil.
The soil test gave me better insight into the pH levels of my yard, indicating issues with weeds, grass thickness, and brown grass.
Once you know the problem, it’s straightforward to fix. With the problem areas in my yard, I used the recommended treatments from a local lawn care servicer to improve the quality of my yard.
Pull Your Weeds
Weeds aren’t pretty; they’re invasive plants that can hurt the house’s foundation and create patches of dead grass if not caught in time. At the start of spring, I grabbed my tools, gloves, and a bucket then started toward my lawn.
By looking around and cutting at the root, I was able to deescalate the power of the weeds and prevent any problems. Afterward, I laid out a pre-emergent herbicide around the lawn to prevent future weeds.
If you’re having difficulty battling the invasion of weeds near your windows, there are ways to keep them from growing in the window wells, such as yanking them out of the ground and spraying them with a weed killer.
Without doing one of these small things, you’re going to spend a lot of time replacing and finding tools to help cut down the weed count in your yard. Take my advice and include these on your list of critical tasks for fostering a great lawn this spring. While at work in the yard, place careful consideration into how you take care of the landscaping this year, y’all.