- First, rake.
It doesn’t matter if you raked your leaves in the fall, preparing for spring means deep raking to remove leaves, the grass blades that dried up in winter, as well as thatch. Note that raking will depend on the climate of your home.
- Checking for compaction
If your lawn has been subjected to a significant amount of traffic subjected to your yard in the course of the year or years. Since the yard will eventually show signs of compaction and wear (seen as declined growth), you should act on it early enough. Also, you should stop treating moss as just another yard weed.
The best remedy for soil compaction is aeration, and the good news is that you can rent a lawn aerator from any of the local aeration centers.
Spring is the perfect time for liming, not just compaction. If after raking you find moss on the yard, you should know that the soil is too acidic. The addition of lime will neutralize the acidity, although planting grasses with neutral pH is also a good alternative. Despite its effectiveness, it’s important to note that liming and the reversal of the soil’s acidity will take time. Also, liming is only necessary when you can see signs of acidity.
As mentioned above, overseeding is effective in the patching or irregular grass growth or areas affected by heavy traffic. During overseeding, you should also apply the slow-release nitrogen fertilizer.
You can fertilize your lawn using compost or the mulching mowers.
- Application of the preemergent herbicides
If you struggle with crabgrass or other types of annual weeds, you should apply a preemergent herbicide besides the fertilizer.
- Post-emergent herbicides
You could get rid of the cheery yellow dandelion weeds by applying a post-emergent herbicide in spring.
Finally, you should think of spring as the perfect time for you to turn up your old lawn mower, buy a new mower, or even review your past lawn care strategies.