Spring is creeping up on us with steady signs of the new growing season to come, which means it’s time to get the lawn prepped for being green. There are two real methods for this: You can call a lawn care company and shell out for the spring prep – which I highly recommend – or you can do it the old-fashioned way. Most gardeners will debate on this subject for hours, but if you’re doing your own work, here are some chores to consider.
Your lawn’s been without care for a while, so it needs a good scalping to remove the top layers of dead growth and leafy debris from the winter months. Mow and mulch that bad boy pretty tight. This action gets it ready for the new planting.
Next, seed the living tar out of your yard with your grass of choice — it’s the best way to be assured of good growth. Most commercially available systems pack seed, nutrients, and weed control into one bag, so it’s even easier. Just follow the directions on the bag.
The next step: Make sure your lawn gets the water it needs. If you have a sprinkler system, make sure it’s plugged in, set up, and turned on. Also check your local city laws about when and how often to water. If you don’t have an automatic system, be prepared to lug the hose around to any area you want not to die.
This basic stuff won’t take you too long, so you can get back to your game of choice on the weekends — but it’ll turn your place from dead brown to the green grassy paradise you remember the neighbor had last year.