Your lawn needs to be maintained. Lawn care is essential. If you do not care for it, you will just have a tangled mess of weeds. A well manicured lawn looks nice and gives your yard distinction. I also think that it makes a statement about the person who maintains it. I take pride in my lawn.
If you want that lush, green, and thick lawn that most people prefer, the work begins as soon as the snow melts, or as soon as it begins to become warm for you people who live down south. Here are some tips to help you improve your lawn this spring.
The first order of business for your spring lawn care is to rake. I realize that you already raked up your leaves in the fall, but you also need to rake in the spring. Ensure that you are not simply skimming the surface of your lawn this time. You need to get down to the dirt and rake up all of the "thatch". Thatch is the layer of dead grass, partially decomposed leaves, or other plant matter that lies at ground level and will eventually choke out your grass if you don't rake it up for many years. So take your time and do a good job removing your thatch. You will be able to tell if you are removing thatch if you are accumulating a pile of dead grass as you are raking.
The second thing that you need to do is to reseed any areas that have bare spots. Spring is the best time to reseed your lawn. Bare spots can be caused by dog droppings or from the compaction resulting from heavily traveled areas.
Before you reseed you need to take a metal rake to the affected area and soften it up. Spend some time ensuring that you have close to an inch of soft dirt to work with. You might want to add a little fertilizer prior to adding the seed. Do not go overboard on fertilizer because if you do, you run the risk of overfertilizing and killing the new sprouts instead of enhancing them. Water the seeds every couple of day and then water the new sprouts every day until the grass has matured.
Fertilizing the grass
In the early season, you will want to apply a fertilizer. Make sure that you read the instructions and understand them before you apply it. I had zero knowledge of this when I purchased my first house, so I went to my local lawn and garden center and asked the guy who owned it. He took the time to go through their fertilizers and explain each one. I also apply a fertilzer and weed control combination a few weeks after my first application of fertilizer. Make sure that you water your lawn after each application. If you do not water your lawn after fertilizer application, you will get what is called fertilizer burn. This is large areas of your lawn with dead spots. It will take a long time and lots of effort to get your lawn looking nice again after you get fertilizer burn.
If you begin each season with these easy lawn care tips you will be well on your way to having that lush, green lawn.