- Posted by Crescent Avenue
- On April 24, 2017
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As a homeowner, you know that having a beautiful lawn is essential to having great curb appeal, but did you know that keeping up with that lush green grass can bump up your property value by up to 20%?
Homeowners spend a lot of time and green – money that is, on their property. Americans spend an average of 73 hours individually and $40 billion collectively on turf TLC. But, you need to be smart about managing both your time and money when handling such a large investment.
As spring is a season of growth, it’s your opportunity to get a jump start on a beautiful lawn. If you want to do it right, you’re going to want to follow our five tips for spring lawn care.
1. Spring Lawn Care Aeration
During the Winter, your lawn gets no love. And, since we live in Fort Wayne, we also have to worry about snow will compacting and crush the life out of our lawns. You’ll have a lot of work to bring any brown spots back to life and step one is aeration. Loosen up the soil and dead grass by aerating it so that any Spring lawn care you do reaches the soil itself.
2. Test Your Soil
Finding out the pH of your soil is crucial to understanding what you’re working with. Test your soil’s pH to find out whether or not it’s alkaline or acidic, then treat accordingly to help bring your grass back to life.
3. What’s Bugging Your Lawn
Along with green grass and flowers, ants and other critters invade your front yard. Don’t overdo it with heavy pesticides; try to use more natural methods. It’ll be healthier for everyone, not just your lawn. If you have moles, more than likely you have grubs or other bugs that they feed on. Make managing bugs and any other creepy-crawlies a central part of your Spring lawn care routine.
4. Dethatching Trouble Spots
When you get a peek at your landscape after a long winter, there’s bound to be some brown – or even bald – spots. Thatch, the bits of dying or dead grass, can be good for your lawn – in small amounts. Removing it can be difficult; you need to get rid of it but you don’t want to be too rough. A simple rake will do the trick. Rake up the dead grass and leave just a little bit behind.
5. Mow The Right Way
Your mower is the most important piece of equipment you’ll use. Make sure it’s ready to go; sharpen the blades, top off the gas, and everything in between. When you take it for a spin, keep it on a tall setting. That way, it’ll keep the roots shaded and retain more moisture for your thirsty lawn.