• 5 Tips to Bring You Lawn Out of Hibernation

    by  • April 24, 2013 • Fertilizing a Lawn, Repairing Your Lawn • 0 Comments

    how to repair a lawnIt’s already April, and if you’re like me, you are probably wondering what’s wrong with your lawn. You took pretty good care of it last year, but it just doesn’t look like it’s coming back. During the winter, your lawn probably went dormant and turned yellow. If this is the case with your lawn, there are some things you can do to improve it quickly. The following are some of the best tips to bring your lawn out of winter hibernation.

    Spring Fertilization– This helps your grass to get off to a quick start. We have all heard the saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Spring fertilization is kind of the same for our lawn. After it comes out of a long period of hibernation, it needs nourishment. Using a natural, organic fertilizer is a great way to provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to grow well in the spring. Fertilization works even better when it is done at the same time that you aerate your lawn.

    Spring Aeration– One of the best ways to help your lawn recover from a long, cold winter is by aerating it in the spring. During the winter, growth is very slow. Many times, roots stop growing altogether. In the spring, your grass is ready to start growing rapidly. If you take the time to aerate it, you give the roots plenty of room to grow both denser and deeper into the soil.

    spring lawn repairSpring Thatching– If your grass is yellow and thick, your lawn probably needs to be thatched. Thatching prevents fungus from growing in your lawn. It also removes all of the dead junk that is inhibiting growth. Thatching kind of does the same thing as aerating, only aerating works to give the roots more room to grow, while thatching gives the top of your grass more space. The spring is an excellent time to thatch because once you have gotten rid of the bad stuff, you can also overseed your lawn and it will recover quickly.

    Overseeding- When you overseed your lawn make sure that you use high-quality grass seed. The last thing you want to do is use inferior grass that can ruin your lawn. The best time to put down new seed is in the spring after you aerate, and/or thatch. If it is in the early spring, it could take as much as two months for your new lawn to come out. If it is in the late spring, or early summer, your lawn could come in about 3 to 4 weeks. Seeding is a great way to repair trouble spots in your lawn and get thicker grass that is more resistant to weeds.

    Topdressing– Top dressing helps improve the germination rate of your grass seed. You can use topsoil, or an organic blend. I’ve found that Pete Moss and starter fertilizer work very well to help germinate new seeds. By taking advantage of a layer of top dressing, you can also add a lot more organic material to your soil. Top dressing with compost is a great way to help you rejuvenate your lawn .

    I have tried all of these methods, and they work great to help rejuvenate a tired looking lawn. For almost 9 years, I’ve been working on thousands of different lawns, trying to improve them every spring and fall. If you know of any other methods  that will help your lawn look better in the spring, we encourage you to write about them in the comment section below, so that we can share them with others. Thank you for visiting our site, and let us know by ‘liking’ our page, whether or not you find this content useful.

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