Lawn In Bad Condition After Winter? 2 Tips To Revive It
Once spring arrives, your lawn should start growing again and turning green. If your lawn is yellow or has dead spots, there are things you can do to revive it. Below are two of these things so you can concentrate on other landscaping you may want to do.
Aerate the Lawn
The soil needs to be loose so air and water can get through when it rains. If the soil is packed tightly, this will not happen, and the grass cannot grow well. The best way to loosen the soil is by using aeration. You can hire an aeration service to do this job for you to ensure it is done correctly. This is beneficial if you have a large yard. The aeration service first tests the soil to determine how much compaction there is.
There are different types of aeration equipment that can be used. One type of equipment punches holes in the ground. The contractor may push the equipment, or it may be on a type of mower. As they drive or push over the soil, the aerator punches the holes in the ground. This type of aerator is used on lawns that do not have a lot of compacted soil.
There are plug aerators that contractors use if lawns are severely compacted. This aerator removes plugs of soil as the aerator is pushed or driven over the lawn. The plugs are left on top of the soil. You should not remove these plugs, however, as they break down naturally, which adds nutrients to the soil. As with spike aerators, plug aerators are either pushed manually or are electric.
Fertilize the Lawn
Fertilize your lawn right after aeration, as this is the best time to do it. The soil is loose and will absorb the fertilizer easily. Test the soil first to determine what nutrients it needs. One nutrient that is important is phosphorous, as this helps the grass build strong roots.
Purchase fertilizer at a garden center or home improvement store. Spread it evenly over the lawn. If you have areas with dead grass, remove this and replant new grass. There are grass starter kits. With this, the grass is already fertilized. You can also plant grass seeds after you aerate and fertilizer. If you need help, contact a landscape contractor to assist you
If you follow the above tips, you will have a healthy, green lawn in a few weeks.
For more information about aeration services, contact a local company.