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Benefits of a Spring Cleanup – Lawn Maintenance
Thank you, Old Man Winter, for that last hurrah. Can we please get on with outdoor living, hmmm?
Let’s talk about the many benefits of a spring clean up for your lawn. Hate to mention it right away, but if you didn’t do a fall cleanup, you do have a lot more work in front of you. (so, note to self, do a fall cleanup!) You will have leaves, and twigs, and sticks. All this has been mushed down by snow into your grass, so it needs to be addressed first thing.
And I don’t mean to belabour the point, but doing this is way easier in the fall when the leaves are freshly fallen rather than the wet, stuck-together leaves in the spring.
A good process to follow is raking, de-thatching, aeration, overseeding, and fertilization.
If the leaves have been there all winter, they are likely wet wet and heavy. You can compost some of them, but bag the rest if you have a lot. Trees drop a lot of stuff over winter (especially in an ice storm), so get these out of the way. If you have a lot of this stuff, bundling is the easiest way to dispose.
De-thatching (if needed)
Thatch is the layer of organic and dead stuff that builds up in-between the healthy green layer of your lawn and the soil. Getting rid of most of this material helps the healthy part of the lawn as it opens up the soil to sunlight, air and water. A small amount of thatch is beneficial, helping the lawn with fluctuations in water and temperature.
It is best to dethatch right away (before the first mow of grass). Most professional maintenance companies will take care of this for you, as they will have a dethatcher.
Aeration / Overseeding
Core aeration lessens the natural compaction that occurs in the soil under your lawn. The little ‘plugs’ of soil that are extracted allow moisture and nutrients to get into the soil.
Overseeding is simply the process of spreading new grass seed on your lawn, allowing new blades of grass to grow. Since a blade of grass only lives for a baout 6 weeks, it must produce new tillers continually, or the grass thins out. Overseeding helps this. In fact, it may be the one step that will help your lawn over anything else.
Fertilizing is a must. Once every 6-8 weeks during the growing season. Use a broadcast spreader, as spreading by hand is very uneven. If you use an organic fertilizer like we do, you will not have to worry about burning your lawn if you apply too much. And those numbers on the bag> They are the percentage, in order, of NPK – nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Another way to think of them is “up, down, all around”. Nitrogen is good for upward growth, phosphorous for root development, and potassium for overall health. In the image top the left, 21% nitrogen, 3% phosphorous, 20% potassium. A high nitrogen level is good in the spring. source: wildrosegardening.com
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