Now is the time to get lawns ready for the warm spring and summer months ahead. Aeration, fertilization, supplemental watering and getting mowing equipment ready is necessary for spring lawn preparation.
Aeration can open up spaces in soil for water and nutrients to get closer to the root system of grass plants. Aeration also helps ease the compaction issues from heavy clay soils. It is not necessary to aerate all sod types every year.
As soil temperatures increase roots will start to waken from winter dormancy. This is a great time to offer fertilizer as food for grass plants. As granules of fertilizer fall into the open holes in the lawn from aeration root feeding quickens, plants start to grow and overall plant and soil health increases.
If supplemental watering is needed be sure to check out soil moisture using a screw driver to see if watering is required. If the screw driver goes into the soil easily to a depth of 6” there should be enough soil moisture for lawns and supplemental water will not be needed.
Make sure to get lawn equipment ready. Sharpen mower blades. Dull mower blades can tear grass rather than cut allowing for quicker water loss and increase some grasses susceptibility to disease. Keep mower blades sharp by checking monthly. Also, make sure to check fluids, plugs, filters, and overall shape of the mower.
Mowing height, mowing shorter in the spring when soil temperatures are increasing can help stimulate root growth. A short cut can also allow more light to reach emerging plants for photosynthesis and growth. Mowing shorter also helps remove other debris. A short mowed lawn may have a lime green or yellow tint but will green up quickly with spring snow or rains and an application of fertilization.
Aerating, applying fertilizer, watering when needed and getting mowers ready can give your lawn what it needs to get a good start to the warm days ahead.