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Spring Yard Care Tips That Will Help Your Lawn Flourish

April 12th, 2013 Gardening

Warmer temperatures are becoming the norm throughout the U.S. as spring sets in, and for many homeowners, this is the time of year when they begin to take a closer look at their outdoor spaces to beautify them for the coming seasons. The early spring is the best time to tackle lawn care, and there are a series of small jobs you'll need to perform to ensure that your lawn is looking its best throughout the summer. The following small jobs are ideal for the early spring and will help you craft the beautiful bed of green outside your door that will improve your home's curb appeal and pull together the entire look of your yard.

Clear away winter debris
Even if you did a great job clearing your yard of leaves, twigs and other forms of debris from the fall, the winter will bring all sorts of new eyesores that you'll have to remove. As you begin your yard care regimen, go around and pick up any leaves, branches or other large pieces of refuse that may have accumulated over winter. Additionally, it may be wise to use a leaf blower to get rid of any sand or salt that may have built up over the course of winter. This material can inhibit grass growth and can be a major eyesore if it's not taken care of.

Reseeding problem areas
Now that your lawn is clear, How Stuff Works believes that spring is the ideal time to reseed portions of your lawn that have become brown, faded or have become dirt patches. Of course, it's vital to understand why the grass hasn't been able to grow in these locations in the first place, so it may be wise to consider getting a soil test conducted to see what nutrients your lawn may be lacking so you can improve your soil quality and the ability to grow grass. While you could opt for sod to cover up these areas, seeding by hand is ideal for smaller patches, while using a fertilizer spreader is optimal for larger areas of your lawn. In the weeks that follow your seed application, be sure to water these spots regularly and only mow these locations when the grass has reached a height of three to four inches.

Apply spring fertilizer
To lay a solid foundation that can help your lawn thrive after you've cleaned and re-seeded your yard, applying a spring fertilizer is your next logical step. According to TLC, spring is the time of year when your lawn experiences its most drastic growth stage, and this is also compounded with all of the wet weather that tends to be prevalent during March, April and May. Not only will spring fertilizer aid your lawn's growth, but many products also contain weed killer that can control dandelions, crabgrass and other weeds that could harm the integrity of your lawn.

Spring lawn mulching
During the early spring, it's advisable to remove the bag from your lawn mower and set it to a mulching setting if available. During the first few months of spring, mulching blades of grass will provide a solid natural fertilizer that will aid the overall health of your lawn and can help it achieve its full potential by the time summer comes around. When your grass reaches its summer growth cycle, you can return to bagging your grass clippings and disposing of them. Last but not least, mow at a higher setting to allow your grass to hold onto its nutrients that may be lost when blades are too short and are exposed to sunlight and excessive moisture.