Post-Winter Care: How to Revive Your Lawn for Spring

Lawn being mowed

You might still be in the middle of winter, but time flies. Before you know it, it’ll be late March and the roads of Kalamazoo will be almost entirely snow-free.

For commercial properties, this is the best time to prepare your lawns for spring. It’s important for real estate and other business establishments to boost their curb appeal, especially after the havoc that winter snow quite possibly wreaked upon your lawn.

If you want your lawn to come back lush and beautiful, one of your best options is to get commercial landscaping services in Kalamazoo. Professional commercial landscapers can beautify your lawn, leading to higher curb appeal, which your guests, clients, and employees will surely appreciate.

While you can take some DIY steps to revive your lawn for spring, it is always best to call in the experts. This not only ensures that the job is done thoroughly and effectively, but it also frees you up for more important business matters.

Post-winter lawn care, after all, involves some time-consuming steps:

Doing Some Cleaning

Hand on lawn

Once the snow has completely melted off your lawn, it’s time to start the cleanup. Dead leaves, grass, and other debris may have accumulated for months, so expect to do some thorough cleaning.

You must clear the ground of anything that covers the grass, especially dirt and plants that didn’t survive the winter. Debris on your lawn will retain excess moisture, leading to the formation of fungi. Additionally, plants that did survive need to be pruned so the damaged parts can be removed and the plants can start growing properly.

Killing the Weeds

Before lawn grass grows back, the weeds that may have cropped up in the winter must first be removed. One option is to use a preemergent, herbicide that prevents the formation of crabgrass. You may also choose to hand-pull visible weeds, but this can be tricky because some have deep roots. These weeds grow back after you pull them if even just a small root is left behind.

Either way, it’s best for professionals to tackle the weeds in your lawn at the start of spring, otherwise, those pesky plants will be your problem all year.

Aerating the Soil

During the winter, the water within the top layers of your lawn’s soil will freeze. Over time, the soil becomes packed and dry, making it hard for grassroots to get the necessary nutrients from the soil. As such, your lawn must be properly aerated with an aerator.

This device will puncture small holes into your lawn to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate grassroots. This helps the roots to grow deeper and produce fresh grass.

Seeding

A couple of days after lawn aeration, dead or empty patches can be remedied through seeding and fertilizing. The grass seeds, fertilizer, and water have the best chance to take root after aeration. If you need fresh grass to grow, apply just the fertilizer. This will help pre-existing grassroots in your lawn to grow until you can seed again.

There are many steps to reviving your lawn after winter. But, with some expert tender loving care and diligence, you will have your lush lawn back soon enough.

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