May 8, 2015
The hard freezing winter (December to March) can greatly damage and diminish your beautiful lawn. In spring (March to June), your lawn can often look tired, the grass no longer luxuriant. The damp conditions in winter may encourage fungal infections, and fallen leaves may have rotted beneath the snow. The soil is often wet, so the grass may not grow well at first. Even the vital soil nutrients that the grass feeds on have been filtered down. Your previously beautiful grass has endured extremely low temperatures and little light.
However, you can’t just sit and watch the sorry state of the lawn. Spring is the time to repair the damage the lawn has suffered. Ann Arbor MI residents will still want a fantastic lawn in spring and summer. So what spring lawn rejuvenation tactics will you use?
Assess the winter damage: Check the lawn for debris, often brought in by running water. Tidy up to enable the shooting grass free space.
Mow the grass short: Grass is so uneven and ugly after winter that the only way to give it a new lease of life is to cut it down first. Use a mower to cut down the grass, preferably to the soil surface, without scalping the ground.
Rake the soil: Use a soil scrapper or screwdriver to check if the soil is too compact. The screwdriver should be able to move into the ground effortlessly. Should the soil be too hard, Ann Arbor MI residents can scarify the lawn to give the grass enough breathing space and the chance to aerate. Raking the topsoil with a metal rake has a significant loosening effect.
Take moss control measures: If you did not have moss control before spring, you may have to take the time to treat and clean up the lawn. Moss control clears the dew effects of winter, and low temperatures in general.
Fertilize your lawn: To give the grass nutrients, spread light chemical fertilizers, compost or mulching mowers. If you fertilized in fall, the grass still has enough nutrients. Be careful not to give pour on too much fertilizer or you will end up infecting the grass. Fertilizers that contain nitrogen and potassium will encourage new leaves to grow.
Plant new seeds: The winter condition damages some portions in the lawn, and you are likely to see bare soil. Water may have washed away the grass or made it to rot. You can spread grass seeds manually or use a hand-held seed broadcaster.
Water the Lawn: Do not assume that the grass received adequate water in winter. The wetness from snow and rain is already evaporated. The lawn will need watering once a week.
Watering the lawn in spring clears the salt used to stop ice from becoming slippery. The city authorities use salt to de-ice the driveways and wind sometimes blows the salt into your lawn. These spring lawn rejuvenation tips can help Ann Arbor MI residents grow beautiful lawns anew.
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