Spring is just around the corner, and with the changing of the seasons comes the need for important lawn maintenance. By taking the proper steps for spring lawn prep, such as aerating, de-thatching, seeding, and weeding, you can enjoy a healthy lawn for the rest of the year.  

Rake and De-Thatch 

Thatch is the thin layer of dead leaves, roots, and grass that builds up on soil. If the thatch layer gets too thick, it can prevent sunlight, water, and other nutrients from reaching the soil, leading to unhealthy, sickly-looking grass. Gently rake your yard to remove the thatch layer. Improper detatching can damage your lawn, so consider hiring a professional dethatching service if you arent comfortable detachtching you lawn youself.  

Aerate 

If your lawn has become compacted, aerating the affected areas can help boost its health and improve its resiliency during stressful growing periods. Aeration is a process during which tiny holes are bored into the soil to allow air, water, and nutrients to more easily access the roots of the lawn.  

Assess pH Level 

Healthy grass has a neutral pH. Anything more acidic or basic can lead to increased moss and weeds. Use a pH test kit or contact your county agent and have them perform a test for you. If your soil pH isn’t neutral, you can use targeted amendments like lime—for overly acidic soil—and sulfur—for overly basic soil—to restore your lawn to a neutral state.  

Control Weeds 

A thick lawn should crowd out most weeds, but if you have persistent issues with crabgrass or other weeds, you can apply a pre- or post-emergent herbicides this spring. In Minnesota, the ideal time to apply herbicide is either fall or early spring, when weeds are preparing for winter and actively absorbing nutriants from the soil. If you’d rather not use herbicides, you can also pull weeds by hand or purchase weed-popper tools to help get the job done faster.   

Overseed 

Winter ice may have severely compacted your soil, making grass growth difficult. Seeding new grass in these spots after aeration can help keep your lawn uniform and avoid ugly bare patches. If you want your grass to look extra lush, you can overseed the entire lawn to ensure it grows thick and healthy. Use a slow-release fertilizer after seeding to supply extra nutrients to emerging seedlings.  

Fertilize 

A few weeks after the grass starts greening you can apply a spring fertilizer to your lawn. Fertilizers are rich in nutriants required for steady growths, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Compost and lawn clippings often act as great fertilizers, or you can purchase a chemical fertilizer for faster results. The ideal fertilizer formula for your lawn will vary based on your grass type and geographic location. For Minnesota lawns with cool-weather grasses, we recommend applying nitrogen-rich, slow-release fertilizers during spring and fall.  

Contact Land Concepts to Get Your Yard Ready for Spring 

The best way to make sure your lawn stays lush and healthy this year is to rely on a professional landscaping service. The Land Concepts team can assess your yard and custom-design the perfect maintenance program to keep your property looking its best.  

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