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How to Get Your Lawn Ready For Spring

Preparing Your Lawn for SpringNote: This is a guest post; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Movers.com.

Snow is on the ground in many places but it’s not too early to get your green thumb working. When the last of the snow melts away and the temperature begins to rise, it’s time to prepare your home and your lawn for spring. Here are some tips to have greener grass this year.

Hopefully, you cared for your lawn in the fall, which helps tremendously when spring arrives. Spring temperatures vary by region, so if you’re new to the area, wait until temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit before tackling lawn projects. Folks considering relocating to Dallas may be ready to rake as early as March while home shoppers in Seattle can often avoid yard work until May. If you’re enthusiastic about working in the yard, find a warm location to practice your hobbies for the longest season.

Rake your lawn

Once spring weather is warm enough, and the grass is mostly green, pull out your rake. Spring raking removes excessive thatch, which is a layer of brown grass and roots compiled below the green grass but above the soil. Eliminating thatch provides grass with more air and easier access to water, which aids in growth. Raking your lawn is also an opportunity to evaluate your yard for patchy spots that need new seed, or compacted areas requiring aeration. Compaction occurs in high-traffic pathways where soil is compressed due to foot traffic.

  • Be sure to wait until the weather is warm enough for the grass to sprout and grow before raking, otherwise you could compact your lawn from walking and damage it.

Remove weeds

Once it’s warm enough for your grass to grow, it’s also warm enough for weeds to grow. Spring is a good time to use a pre-emergent weed killer to stop crab grass and other weeds before they have an opportunity to grow. Chances are you’ll have to use weed killer again in three months, so follow the instructions on your weed killer and don’t go overboard.

  • It’s important not to overuse weed killer because it could damage your grass, stunt its growth or even kill it.

Remember to water

When warmer weather arrives, begin watering your lawn. It’s better to water for a longer duration – fewer times (approximately two or three) per week rather than more frequently for short time periods. This allows the water to soak down further into the soil and encourages the roots to grow deeper, making the grass stronger.

  • Water early in the day if possible. Avoid watering during midday as warmer weather evaporates water faster. Try not to water at night because cooler temps could promote plant diseases.

Mow when appropriate

The correct watering schedule, along with sunshine and warm weather, should get your grass green and tall. Meaning ready to mow. The first step in mowing is to make sure you have a sharp blade. A dull blade tears the grass rather than cuts, which can lead to plant disease and brown lawns. It’s best to use a sharp blade and mow more often, only cutting about a 1/3 or less of the grass.

  • Tall grass has deep root systems, making it stronger than short grass. Plus tall grass usually looks lusher than shortly-cropped lawns.

Hopefully, the spring sunshine and these tips help your lawn grow green and tall this year.

James Daugherty writes for Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace.

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