Why not make this year the year you resolve to do something about your lawn? If your lawn is more battleground than backyard retreat, it’s time to dig in. Lawn repair may not be as difficult as you think.
Spring is a good time to get started, because unhealthy, battered lawns are more likely to attract weeds and pests. Your grass has been dormant over the winter months. Early spring – around March or April (or if you live in a snowy climate, as soon as the snow has melted and is nearly dry) is the time to wake it up with a light raking to remove twigs, leftover leaves and other fall/winter debris. Keep an eye out for pests and other problems – like plow damage, low spots or drainage issues.
You’ll also want to aerate your lawn in the spring. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll want to rent a machine from your local lawn and garden center. It removes small plugs of sod, loosens the soil and makes it easier for water and nutrients to penetrate roots.
Crabgrass and weed prevention is very important to the overall health of your lawn, so strike early – before weeds start to grow – with a good “weed and feed” or other product formulated for spring weed prevention. For a simple, single-application solution that tackles both pre- and post-emergent weeds, try GreenView Fairway Formula Spring Fertilizer with Weed & Feed and Crabgrass Preventer.
There’s also a quick fix for lawns with bare spots. Once temperatures have moderated, remove any dead grass, loosen the soil and (if necessary) level out low spots by applying a good topsoil. Next, sow grass seed and lightly rake in the seed so that it makes contact with the soil. Apply GreenView Fairway Formula Seeding Success, a specially formulated starter fertilizer and seeding mulch that promotes strong root development, and helps maintain moisture in the soil so that seeds germinate in less time.
If you have very large bare areas on your lawn as a result of drought or other damage, you’ll want to follow the steps for planting new grass. You can find step by step advice in the GreenView How-To.