So, winter is all over. What now? Well, your yard needs some tender love and care! If you are lucky, not much has to be done. If your lawn was healthy before the cold attacked, a simple revitalization, such as fertilizing and lawn mowing, is enough to make everything normal again. However, in most cases, what is left is a desolate wasteland that spells “lawn care needed.”
How do you go about lawn care to restore your yard post-winter?
Generally, if you inspect your lawn after winter, you will notice that there is a layer of ugly-looking grass beneath the healthier green ones. That is known as thatch, which must be removed. Failure to do so means that the thatch can become thicker and thicker, suffocating the healthy grass from any nutrients, and killing them off.
How do you remove thatch? Simple, grab a rake and start clearing it away. Just note that you can leave a small layer of thatch, as it will help protect the grass during the warmer months, such as summer.
In many cases, the soil in your yard may have become light and more compact. It could be due to many people walking on them, or the snow has compressed it all together.
Whatever the reason may be, soil that is too tight together will prevent water, nutrients, and other essentials to reach the roots of the grass, so they die from lack of it all. So, if you find that your lawn's soil is much too compact, you can either purchase aerating tools or DIY a spiky surface to puncture the soil and loosen it up.
If you find that your yard, other than the grass you placed there previously, is now populated with weeds, you will need to get rid of them. The easiest way to do this would be to purchase weed and feed, which will kill off the weeds and feed the plants.
How does this work, and why does is not affect the grass? That’s because a weed's root is much shallower than that of grass. While the weed killer will kill off the weed, it will not penetrate the surface much, meaning that it will not reach the grass. On the other hand, the feed, or fertilizer, will penetrate deep into the ground, reaching the roots of the grass and helping them grow.
Once your yard starts growing, it is time to trim everything down. However, you must be careful as you do not want to trim too much of the grass. Doing so can slow down the regrowth of the grass and even kill off your yard.
For that reason, it is best to cut a third of the blade of grass's length first. When that is done and the grass has regrown, cut it again but a little more. Also, vary the pattern a bit so that you can cut your grass evenly. Eventually, you want to reach a target height of around two to four inches for your grass.
To restore your yard to its former glory, remember the lawn care tips above and apply them once the winter season is over. One last tip for bringing your yard back into life is to water the grass. Your grass needs at least an inch of water per week to thrive, so make sure they have sufficient water.
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