Spring has sprung and it’s time to get that lawn back to its glorious green and lush appearance. Don’t expect Mother Nature to do all of the work, you’ll need to pitch in and knock old man winter from your grass and soil yourself. Depending on the type of grass you have planted and the climate of your location, you will need to consider several factors for an effective rehab. Regardless of your grass-type and locale, there are tried and true measures you can take to kick start your post winter lawn rehab.
First, clean the yard. Rake through the grass to get all of the debris that collected over the cold months. It’s likely been a while since you really had a chance to tend to the yard like you’re used to. Set your lawn mower’s height adjustment setting lower than normal and cut away dead or dying grass. Keep the grass clippings; they can be used as an effective and inexpensive fertilizer.
Thatch beneath the surface of the soil will strangle your grass roots and stop your watering from getting to the deepest roots in the soil. Use a de-thatching tool to remove the tangled mess of dead roots and stems. You may be tempted to aerate at the beginning of spring, but save that step for later in the year after you’ve built some blade length.
Look around for all the dead zones that have no doubt made their presence known as the weather gets warmer. Seed the dead spots with matching grass seeds and water according to the prevailing temperature where you are. Spread your lawn clippings over the lawn while paying specific attention to the areas with new seedlings. Concentrate your lawn watering so as to not soak the freshly seeded areas and water often for the first 3 to 4 weeks. Put up the “Get off my lawn” signs and allow the regrowth to take place.
As the spring progresses, raise your mower’s height adjustment to leave the freshly grown grass longer in length. The longer the blades; the deeper the roots. Also, longer blades will work to shade the soil from the sun and allow the water to sink deeper instead of being evaporated by the sun. More blade grass is beneficial to a lawn that has to endure the heat of the upcoming late-spring and summer, too.
Talking a multifaceted approach to post winter lawn rehab will give you the best chance to have a yard that is the envy of your neighborhood by summer. Good luck!