I have a confession to make. There is nothing more I covet than a beautifully lush green, manicured lawn. I’m not sure if it’s in my DNA since my grandfather impeccably took care of his landscape, or perhaps simply because I have such fond summer memories of laying around in the grass catching lady bugs, enjoying ice pops, and star gazing, but whichever the case, #ILoveMyLawn and partnering with Grass Seed USA on this post is a true labor of love.
Natural Grass: Both Beautiful & Functional
What I didn’t realize is while natural grass is aesthetically pleasing for the eye, there are many reasons it is environmentally important as well. Grass Seed USA has found that green lawns are both beautiful and functional. Not only do they provide curb appeal and community pride, but specifically in urban areas, grass absorbs noise and deters littering, prevents erosion, naturally recycles, reduces your overall carbon footprint and has a natural cooling effect.
Tips for Spring Lawn Care & Clean Up
We recently hired a new landscaper to come and help my husband maintain the landscape around our property and do some much needed spring cleanup. Lawn maintenance is vital in producing a green lawn all year round, and the best season to repair and revive: springtime.
Step 1: Rake – Rake your lawn to remove dead grass, old leaves and any other debris that accumulated over the winter. Raking enables you to see any bare or worn areas that need attention, and it also increases soil contact when seeding and allows new young grass to grow more easily.
Step 2: Aerate – Lawns that are heavily trafficked or buried under large piles of snow for a significant amount of time can suffer from soil compaction. You can hire a professional to aerate your lawn for you, or you can rent a core aerator, whose hollow tines will pull small plugs of soil out of the ground, allowing increased movement of water, nutrients and oxygen into the soil. Aeration can also increase the soil contact with seeds and promote new growth.
Step 3: Seed – Spring is the ideal time to reseed thin or bare patches in existing lawns or to establish new lawn spaces. Seeding now to repair winter-damaged areas will allow the grass to grow in healthy and strong before summer, when the lawn will likely experience the heaviest use. Talk to a turf specialist at a garden store or your local university extension office to help you select the right seed for your area. The specialist will be able to identify a seed that is similar to your existing lawn, or suggest an alternative choice if you’ve experienced recurring problems. After you plant the new seed, water lightly but regularly to make sure the reseeded areas stay damp until the new grass grows in.
Step 4: Control weeds – If your lawn has been overrun with crabgrass or dandelions in the past, you may want to consider applying a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring before the weeds emerge. A healthy, lush lawn will squeeze out weeds, but a damaged lawn may need some help. Talk to a local garden specialist about which herbicide is right for your lawn and the best way to apply it. Herbicides can kill grass seeds, so if you’ve applied seed you’ll want to make sure you use a product that will not affect the new growth.
Step 5: Tune up your lawn mower – Get ready for the first mow by giving your lawn mower an annual service that includes changing the oil, changing the spark plug, swapping out or cleaning the air filter, and sharpening the blade. Most lawns are ready to be mowed when the grass reaches a height of 3 inches, although newly seeded areas or recently overseeded existing lawns should be mowed closer to 2 inches until the new grass is established. Remember to mow with a frequency that allows you to cut less than one-third the height of the grass. An easy-to-follow rule is to let it grow no taller than 3 inches and cut it to no shorter than 2 inches.
Who is Grass Seed USA?
Grass Seed USA is a national coalition of grass seed farmers and academic turf specialists with a wealth of experience in studying, growing and harvesting grass and grass seed. The coalition seeks to inform and educate residential and commercial customers about the benefits of grass and best practices for responsibly growing and maintaining healthy turf.
How do you enjoy your lawn?
It’s almost summertime and grass plays such a huge part when it comes to enjoying the season whether it’s for picnics, lawn games, or outdoor movie night. We would love to know more. By sharing your tips, experiences, and memories, in our comments section, you help “grow” The JetSet Family community into a trusted source we can all depend on.
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