Caring For Your Lawn Issue 2: Spring Lawn Prep

Welcome back!

Now that you know the basics of watering and mowing, it's time to take a look at those jobs for spring lawn prep. We're going to look at raking, dethatching, aerating, and overseeding.

Let's start with some simple definitions:

Thatch: is the layer of dead organic matter above the soil, and below the green of the blades. All lawns have it, and it's normal, but over half an inch thick is too much and will choke the grass.

Aerating: just means 'to supply with air'. The roots need the soil to have air as much as the grass needs it above.

Overseeding: is adding seed on to your lawn, to replace what has died off.

Now that you know what we're talking about, we can get started.

Raking: What I like best about raking is that it's the chance to look at the lawn and see how it's doing. Nothing else gives you such a thorough idea at what's going on. The object is to clear leaves and debris, but also, to loosen the soil and dethatch. Get the right balance, strong enough that you are getting at the thatch but not so hard that you're pulling the grass out by the roots! Here are a few key things to keep an eye out for:

Dethatching: Now that you can see the grass for the tree leaves, check how thick your thatch level is. It's natural to have some, but over half an inch is not good. It will trap the moisture, and the roots will follow. Instead of growing down deep, they'll root in the thatch, and you'll have a carpet that's brown instead of green. This liquid dethatcher will work by adding the bacteria and enzymes needed to break it down. The end result is less thatch, and more hummus in the soil.

Aerating: What we want is to get air in to the soil and make it nice and loose which will improve drainage. This can be done by coring, which removes several plugs from the soil about 4 to 6 inches deep. The trouble is, that leaves a nice hole for weeds to get in. Using this liquid aerator will penetrate the soil and loosen it and even works to break up clay. It is biodegradable and safe to use with the dethatcher at the same time. Plus with both of these natural products, you can enjoy your yard immediately - no downtime while the chemicals disperse.

Overseeding: By now you'll have had a terrific look at your lawn and have a very good idea of where it is bare or if it's thinning. If you've decided to overseed the whole lawn, here are the next steps to take:

  1. Mow the grass short. The seeds need sunlight to grow, so you'll need to get the blades cut as short as you can.
  2. Level the playing field. Using topsoil and a rake fill in divots and cover over tree roots.
  3. Water thoroughly and carefully and include soil booster seaweed fertilizer. This will boost the nutrient level without adding harmful chemicals that can scorch the new grass.
  4. Use a seed spreader, and be sure to use the amount of seed suggested for overseeding lawns on the seed package. For even coverage do half of the seed up and down your lawn and the other half back and forth.
  5. Rake in a light dusting of topsoil to set the seeds firmly.
  6. Water gently.

Now all that's left is to baby that new grass. Don't let the soil dry out, keep it watered, and do it gently. Keep off the grass as much as possible. In a few weeks time you'll see a much greener thicker lawn. Now, if you only have a few bare patches, use the same method for overseeding, but just do it by hand where it is needed.

With the help of organic liquids for dethatching, aerating, and soil booster, you'll have your spring lawn prep done. Getting air and drainage to the best level possible will result in a richly healthy turf to enjoy for years to come. Overseeding will bring new life to your turf, replenishing the old plants with new.

Coming up in the next email we'll discuss lawn mowers and how to keep them in shape for looking after your lawn.  With a few simple steps, you can get  years more wear out of your lawn mower and have a better-looking lawn to boot!

Until then!

The Editors,
World of Lawn Care