Lawn Treatment
Get a Jump on a Greener Lawn this Spring
by Mary Butler
Brown and dulled from its seasonal sleep, it might be hard to believe your once-dazzling green lawn will again rebound. But before you know it, you'll be hauling out the mower with regularity. While it will wake on its own, there are still many ways for you to kick-start the season and help your lawn be as healthy as it can be.
Lawn Maintenance 101
After all the snow has melted, rake up fall's leaves, pine needles, thatch and other debris. Make an appointment to have your lawn maintenance company aerate your lawn, unless, of course, you plan do it yourself. Aeration improves water absorption, controls weeds and gives roots room to grow. You can do this with a special aeration tool, operated by old-fashioned hand power or electricity.
Once you've aerated, your lawn is ready to be fertilized and/or seeded.
Apply fertilizer once grass has again begun to grow. Kentucky blue grass, fescues and ryegrass can be fertilized in the spring. But buffalo grass, blue grama and Bermuda grass should be fertilized in midsummer. Depending on where you live, your lawn might require more or less nitrogen.
If you have any brown patches or areas where your lawn is less than lush, add seed to the freshly aerated section. Now is a great time to repair any sprinkler heads so you can begin irrigating your lawn and turn your brown grass green.
Sharpen Your Mower's Blades for a Greener Lawn
Sharp blades keep grass healthy; dull blades rip or shred the grass, resulting in ragged and yellow blades. And if you don't already, use the one-third rule when mowing: Never cut more than one-third of the grass height in any one mowing and trim your lawn to between 3 to 3½ inches to aid in moisture retention and shade new growth.
About the Author:
Colorado-based freelancer Mary Butler writes about homes and gardens.
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