It’s almost every lawn care lover’s favourite time of year – spring! Here at Weed Man, we have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of the growing season. For outdoorsy folks, spending time outside on the lawn or relaxing in the backyard is the best time of year. If you’re ready to kick start your spring lawn, follow these steps!
Step 1: Let Your Soil Dry Up
The mistake that many homeowners make is starting their lawn care regimen too early. Don’t be in a hurry – make sure that you wait until your soil has dried out before starting any yard work. Doing yard work and creating foot traffic on a wet lawn can do more harm than good by causing soil compaction, damaging existing turf and hindering new growth.
Step 2: Prep and Clean Equipment
If you’re impatiently waiting for your lawn to dry out, you can get a head start by cleaning, repairing and prepping your lawn care equipment. Sharpen your mower blades, clean your mower deck, organize your gardening tools, etc.
Step 3: Rake Dead Spots
After the winter, it is common for home lawns to have some dead or damaged grass. Once your soil is dry, give your lawn a gentle rake to loosen any dead grass, reduce thatch and remove any debris that built up over the winter.
Step 4: Aerate
Homeowners should aerate their lawn once every year. While the fall is also an ideal time to perform an aeration, if your lawn has excess thatch (more than ½ an inch) you may want to consider aerating in the spring. Aeration will relieve soil compaction, increase water, oxygen and nutrient movement through the soil and create a stronger root system.
Step 5: Top Dress & Overseed
Over the winter, snow, ice and freezing temperatures can often cause plant death, resulting in a thinner and weaker lawn. A weakened lawn then becomes more susceptible to weed breakthrough and crabgrass infestation throughout the season. The best defense against weeds is a thick, lush and healthy lawn. Therefore, it is recommended that homeowners top dress and overseed their lawn to invigorate new growth and fill in damaged areas.
Step 6: Water
After seeding your lawn, it is crucial that you ensure it receives enough water. The spring season is typically rainy, so it is important to monitor precipitation levels and only water as needed. Overwatering your lawn can do more harm than good. Aim to water your lawn in the morning instead of in the evening/night, as this can encourage lawn disease.
Step 7: Control Weeds & Crabgrass
Even though crabgrass doesn’t typically show up on lawns until late summer, crabgrass management applications must be applied in the spring. While it is inevitable that your spring lawn will experience weed growth, using weed control applications to keep pesky weeds at bay will keep your lawn lush, green and healthy. Contact your local Weed Man for more information about our weed control, fertilizer and crabgrass management programs!