Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Getting Ready For Spring

Okay fine. Spring hasn't sprung quite yet. But it sure is getting close. It won't be long before we hear the buzzing bees and singing songbirds of spring, not to mention all the gorgeous colors of flowers blooming all around us. Of course, spring also means it's time to start thinking about our lawns. In particular, we need to think about how best to repair the damage that may have been done over the winter. Let's take a look at solutions to some of these common problems.
For many homeowners, winter can be a significant burden on the lawn. Snow in particular can put extra strain on your grass, often leaving behind bare spots and layers of thatch. Many homeowners have a tendency to either ignore these challenges or simply outsource the work to lawn professionals. But you'll find that tending to these issues yourself can be both rewarding and satisfying.
Bare spots can be fixed simply by applying new seed to the affected area. But before you go about reseeding, it's always a good idea to perform a soil test first. See what nutrients might be missing or lacking in the soil and then you can amend its composition. Then it's time to buy the new seed. Thatch is also very common coming out of the winter. De-thatchers are what you'll want here. Or you can use a specially-designed rake for a more hands-on approach.
Take the time now to amend your lawn so that it is prepared and can experience healthy new growth during the upcoming season!


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