Winter can be harsh on your lawn, leaving it brown, patchy, and lifeless. But don’t worry, you can revive your lawn and make it green and healthy again with some simple steps. Here are some tips on what to do with your lawn after winter.
Remove Salt and Snow Mold
If you live in an area where snow and ice are common, you may have used salt or other deicing products to clear your driveway and sidewalks. However, these products can damage your lawn by drying out the soil and grass. To remedy this issue you can apply gypsum to the heavily affected patches. This will neutralize the salt and improve your soil structure. We sell Gypsum in 50 lb bags
Another problem that can occur after winter is snow mold, a fungal disease that causes gray or pink patches on your lawn. Snow mold thrives in wet and cold conditions, and can suffocate your grass. To get rid of snow mold, you can rake the lawn lightly to break up the matted grass and allow air circulation. Overseeding your lawn with a disease-resistant grass seed such as our triple rye seed or Gridiron (Fescue) will help prevent future outbreaks. Bluegrass is beautiful but often harbors more nuances in this area of the world.
Rake and Dethatch
One of the first things you should do with your lawn after winter is to rake it thoroughly. Raking will help you remove any leaves, twigs, or other debris that may have accumulated over the winter. Raking will also help you remove thatch, which is a layer of dead grass and organic matter that builds up on the soil surface. Thatch can prevent water, air, and nutrients from reaching the grass roots, and can also harbor pests and diseases. You can pick up a dethatcher at a reasonable price or simply use a metal rake, both will get the job done!
Aerate and Overseed
Another important step to do with your lawn after winter is to aerate it. Aeration is the process of making small holes in the soil to allow water, air, and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the root zone. Aeration will help you improve the soil drainage, reduce soil compaction, and enhance the grass growth.
After aeration, you can overseed your lawn with a high-quality grass seed that is suitable for your climate and soil type. Overseeding will help you fill in any bare spots, thicken your lawn, and improve its color and texture. You can overseed your lawn by using a broadcast spreader or a drop spreader, and by following the instructions on the seed package. Watering regularly after overseeding will ensure germination as well as establishment.
TIP: if you do not know how much water is enough simply set up your sprinkler and place a bowl at the edge of its reach. You are looking for about an inch of “rainfall” per watering to help support germination and growth.
Fertilize and Weed
The final step to do with your lawn after winter is to fertilize and weed it. Fertilizing your lawn will provide it with the essential nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy. You can choose a slow-release or organic fertilizer that is formulated for your grass type and apply it according to the label directions. The best time to fertilize your lawn is in early spring when the grass starts to green up.
Weeding your lawn will help you prevent unwanted plants from competing with your grass for space, light, water, and nutrients. You can weed your lawn by using a hand weeder, a hoe, or a herbicide that is safe for your grass type. The best time to weed your lawn is when the weeds are young and easy to pull out.
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We hope you found these tips helpful and easy to follow. By following these steps, you can restore your lawn after winter and enjoy a beautiful and healthy outdoor space.
Happy lawn care!