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Top 6 things to do to grow and maintain a healthy lawn

How you treat your lawn in the spring has everything to do with how well the grass flourishes come summertime. Many people think that lawns have the capacity to jump-start themselves in the spring and maintain their health all alone. As with all growing things, your immature lawn needs nutrients, sunlight and TLC. Here are six ways to get your lawn ready for the year.

  1. Clean up. There are several spring lawn care musts, and clearing fall and winter debris from the lawn is paramount for success. Rake deep to remove dead grass, leaves, mud and debris.
  2. Fertilizing. Hopefully you fertilized your lawn last fall. Spring is the time for light feeding to prevent weeds from getting a big start on the season. I prefer natural compost or using clippings from the mulch mower in my lawn care regimen.
  3. Break up compaction. The roots of your grass need to absorb water and nutrients directly. If the soil is compacted, rent an aerator or walk your lawn with a pitchfork.
  4. Amend your soil. A favorable soil pH is necessary for lawn health. Send a soil sample to a local university extension. Most amendments are made to correct for high soil acidity using a lime-based product.
  5. Remove weeds and crabgrass. The weeds in your lawn survived winter, so they’re hearty. Get them out now by the roots. If you decide on using pre-emergent herbicides, now’s the time to apply it. Pull out new sprouted weeds as they arrive.
  6. Overseed bald patches. Wait four weeks after using any pre-emergent herbicide to overseed. Whether it’s that bald spot under a tree or the section ripped out by heavy traffic, you should seed it anew with the same type of seed you originally sowed.

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