Springtime brings to mind images of fresh green growth and lush vegetation, but the receding snow seldom leaves our lawns looking quite the way we hope. Bare spots, brown patches and sickly-looking turf are the price of a hard winter. It doesn’t take much to whip your lawn back into shape. Follow these simple steps to revive your lawn this spring.
1. Seed Selection
Whether you’re simply reseeding a few sparse spots or replanting your whole yard, a healthy lawn starts with healthy grass seed. Be sure to choose a grass variety that is well suited to your climate, and look for NTEP-rated varieties. An NTEP rating means that grass seeds have been evaluated by the National Turf Evaluation Program for superior color, drought tolerance and insect- and disease-resistance.
- If you are planting a new lawn, start by loosening the top 2 or 3 inches of soil, removing sticks, rocks and other debris, and breaking up clumps larger than a ping-pong ball. Then, level the soil so that excess water won’t collect. Fertilizers should be used sparingly for spring plantings – the weather and soil conditions are already more or less ideal for grass germination at this time of year – and weed killers should never be applied until the grass has germinated and been mowed at least three times.
- If you only need to reseed specific areas of your existing lawn, mow the grass as short as you can, then loosen the top ¼-inch of soil and remove debris. Level areas where water collects using the existing topsoil. As when seeding a whole lawn, use fertilizers sparingly, and don’t apply weed killers.
3. Planting and Covering
- For small areas, you can spread seed by hand, but a lawn spreader or mechanical seeder can be useful for large areas. Try to keep it to 15 to 20 seeds per square inch. If too many seeds are planted too close together, the new grass will end up fighting for nutrients, resulting in weak growth.
- After seeding, lightly rake the seed bed so that no more than 1/4 –inch of soil covers the seeds.
Keep the seeded area moist to promote germination. You should water the area at least once a day (excluding days when it rains), keeping the soil moist but not wet and waterlogged. Continue daily watering until the grass is 2 inches high.
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