This article is derived from an article on lawncare.org, a website dedicated to, well, lawn care.
Another spring and another chance to get the fabulous looking lawn we desire. Sometimes it seems as the more we try, the less we are happy with the result. This is likely not because we do the wrong things, but because we did the right things at the wrong time.
We need to keep in mind that lawn maintenance is not a one time effort, it is a spring/summer/fall effort. This article is about the work to do in the spring. Spring in our neck of the woods means to start when the snow season is over where you live. (I.e., when there won’t likely be any more snow.)
If you raked in the fall, the raking in the spring will be easier. It’s intended to refresh the lawn from the winter compaction, control any thatch buildup, and help identify any problem areas of the lawn such as heavy traffic areas. Compaction from heavy traffic will cause roots not to take hold very well. Consider an aeration of the lawn if you have a lot of compaction.
Overseed, Not Overfeed
If you intend to overseed your lawn to repair bare spots, you should do so with a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer.
You will have better results if you have fertilized and overseeded in the fall, as there will be less competition between weeds and grass.
About five weeks after overseeding, add a quick-release nitrogen fertilizer to really help the new grass get going.
Keep in mind that when you fertilize, you are also fertilizing weeds, so heavier fertilizing in the fall is better.
Your best bet for getting rid of the weeds in the lawn itself is fall aeration, fall seeding and spring overseeding. While there are products that claim to only kill the weeds, it’s a somewhat exaggerated claims and many people dislike the idea of overuse of chemicals.
Pulling weeds can be effective, but you do need to pull the entire root. This can be laborious, and often needs to be done several times over the growing season. Weeds grow quickly and one day of weeding simply won’t be enough to keep them at bay.
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