A Beginner’s Guide To Improving Your Lawn This Spring

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You have a lawn because you care about the positive contributions to our ecosystem, like the cooling benefits it offers. It could be the way it produces more oxygen than a tree can. I know you’re concerned about soil erosion, and turf is the best way to address that issue, right? Or, maybe you like having the prettiest lawn in the neighborhood, and it feels so good under your feet while running through the sprinklers. All of those are valid reasons, but to keep those points alive, we need to follow our beginner’s guide to improving your lawn, which might turn you into a pro!
Before we fire up the tools, the first thing is to take a weekly leisurely walk on the grass. Shoes are optional because a person’s life is never really fulfilled until they walk on grass barefooted.

Brown Spots

There are many reasons why bits and pieces of a lawn might manifest brown spots. Irrigation is the first thing to consider. It’s possible a sprinkler head is impaired by tall grass, and the water is being blocked. Or maybe the head is clogged with debris or even insects (sprinklers offer an excellent hiding place for insects to chill). Let’s not rule out a broken sprinkler head. Any way you view it, be prepared to turn your irrigation on to see the problem and adjust accordingly.

Don’t Let Leaves Be

In the big scheme of things, plants are typically evergreen or deciduous. Evergreens will drop leaves all year, while deciduous plants drop most of their leaves when they fall into a resting period as the weather gets cold in autumn. Either way, leaves need to be removed from your lawn ASAP, if not sooner. You might want to set up a separate lawn day to blow down or rake leaves off. When a leaf settles on turf, it begins a composting process that can shade the grass and try to steal its nutrients, giving your lawn a whacky light/dark look. If left for an extended period of time, it’ll even kill it!

Tools and Toys

Anything left on grass for a few hours to an extended period of time will make an impression…literally. For instance, a planter bed on the other side of the yard needed to be watered. You pull the hose out and leave it there for a day or two. When you decide to roll it up, you’ve left behind a serpentine wiggly in the turf that’s turned it from green to yellow or white. Now you risk burning leaf blades by the sun or even dying. After using a tool or even a toy, get it off the grass and put it away.

It’s Time to Mow

The difference between a so-so-looking lawn and a dynamic-looking one can be found in your lawnmower.  

  • Fill the gas tank on a solid surface like a driveway or sidewalk.  Spilling gas on grass will kill it.
  • Keep an eye on the blade sharpness. A dull blade will rip instead of cut.  You can tell by looking at the tips if it’s a jagged cut or smooth. A few minutes after cutting the lawn may turn a dull blue-gray tinge which is an indication of a dull blade.  Professionally sharpen it or replace it once a year.
  • In the spring, you can trim it a little shorter, but try it an inch higher in the summer.  Taller grass will shade the ground better using less water.

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