How To: Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring 2023
This post is sponsored by Sunday Lawn Care.
Spring is a season of new beginnings, and for homeowners, it's the perfect time to get your lawn and grass ready for the year ahead. A healthy lawn not only looks great, but it also adds value to your home. With a little bit of effort and the right tools, you can achieve a lush and vibrant lawn that will be the envy of your neighbors. Here are some steps the experts at Sunday Lawn Care recommend you follow to get your lawn and grass ready for backyard season!
1: Clear Debris
Before you start any work on your lawn, it's essential to clear any debris, such as fallen leaves, twigs, and branches. These can smother your lawn, prevent sunlight and air from reaching the soil, and make it difficult for your grass to grow.
2: Test Your Soil
Testing your soil is critical to determine the pH level, nutrient content, and texture. A soil test will help you determine what amendments you need to add to your soil. Sunday provides a free soil test kit as a part of their Custom Lawn Plan.
3: Aerate Your Lawn
Aerating your lawn is the process of creating small holes in the soil to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach the grass roots. Aeration helps reduce soil compaction, improve drainage, and promote healthy grass growth. You can use a manual or motorized aerator for this task and there are also professional services available.
4: Apply Fertilizer
Applying fertilizer is the most crucial step for producing healthy growth of your grass. Liquid fertilizer is an ideal product because it's easy to apply and quickly absorbed by the grass. Choose a high-quality liquid fertilizer that contains the necessary nutrients your grass needs to thrive, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Sunday has a Custom Lawn Care Program that takes the guesswork out of this step. By just giving them your address, Sunday will recommend the best liquid nutrients for your lawn, ship them to you seasonally, and will tell you exactly when and how much to apply.
5: Overseed Your Lawn
Overseeding is the process of adding new grass seed to your lawn. It helps thicken your lawn and fill in bare spots. Choose a grass seed that is suitable for your climate and soil type. You can use a seed spreader to evenly distribute the grass seed over your lawn.
6: Water Your Lawn
Watering your lawn is essential for healthy grass growth. You should water your lawn deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Water your lawn in the morning to allow it to dry during the day, which helps prevent disease and pest problems.
7: Mow Your Lawn
Mowing your lawn is an essential part of lawn care. A well-maintained lawn is not only attractive, but it's also healthier. Mow your lawn regularly to keep the grass at an optimal height for growth. The general rule of thumb is to mow your grass when it's one-third taller than the recommended height for your grass type.
Step 8: Maintain Your Lawn
Maintaining your lawn throughout the year is crucial for keeping it healthy and vibrant. Regularly remove weeds, debris, and dead grass. We recommend you fertilize your lawn several times during the growing season (April through September), and water it deeply and infrequently. In the fall, rake and remove fallen leaves to prevent them from smothering your lawn, and apply your final fertilization to ensure your lawn bounces back the following Spring.
Preparing your lawn and grass for the summer season requires a bit of effort, but it's well worth it. By following these steps, you can create a lush and vibrant lawn that will be the envy of your neighbors. Remember to use high-quality liquid fertilizer to produce healthy growth of your grass, and regularly maintain your lawn throughout the year to keep it looking its best.