How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring

Turf Renovation Tips & Tricks provided by Mutton Power Equipment - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Spring Is Here - Is Your Yard Ready?
 
Having a vibrant, colorful and healthy lawn all Summer long comes from doing the necessary work in the Spring to get your lawn ready. Taking care of your lawn at the beginning of the growing season will help it grow strong and nutrient-rich, allowing for an extended season of thick and healthy grass throughout your lawn. While every lawn requires a different approach when it comes to turf renovation, there are a few standard things you can do to make sure your lawn is healthy all year long. Using our simple 4-step approach below, you can make sure your lawn is in top shape for the rest of the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.
 
Step 1: Dethatch
Removing the built-up thatch and yard trimmings from the Winter and previous season is an essential first step to a healthy lawn. Layers of dead grass trimmings and yard scraps can build up at the base of the turf and block essential nutrients from reaching the grass roots.

Using a dethatcher or any other comparable yard rake will help to make the thatch removal quick and easy. After the excess thatch build-up is removed, your yard is then ready to aerate, seed, fertilize and mow. It's important to remember to clean up the excess thatch using the bagger on your mower or a lawn vacuum like a Trac-Vac collection system.
 
Step 2: Aerate
Aeration of your lawn allows for the top layer of soil to be broken up so that essential nutrients and fertilizers can be absorbed into the turf. "Plugs" of dirt are removed from the soil, allowing for air and nutrients penetrate the turf while also allow the top layer to expand into these small holes. Remember not to remove these loose plugs of dirt because they will break down and decompose into a nutrient-rich top layer of the turf.

There are a variety of different aerators that can be used, the most common being a walk-behind aerator, although there are also tow-behind aerators that can be used on garden tractors and compact utility tractors.
 
Step 3: Overseed
Aeration of your lawn allows for the top layer of soil to be broken up so that essential nutrients and fertilizers can be absorbed into the turf. "Plugs" of dirt are removed from the soil, allowing for air and nutrients penetrate the turf while also allow the top layer to expand into these small holes. Remember not to remove these loose plugs of dirt because they will break down and decompose into a nutrient-rich top layer of the turf.

There are a variety of different aerators that can be used, the most common being a walk-behind aerator, although there are also tow-behind aerators that can be used on garden tractors and compact utility tractors.
 
Step 4: Fertilize
Once your lawn has been cleared of excess thatch, aerated and seeded, you are ready to apply fertilizer if needed. While there are a variety of different fertilizers suited for different types of lawns and geographical regions, each one contains the three basic nutrients of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium.
 
Fertilizer can be applied to your lawn in a variety of ways. You can use hand-cranked spreaders, walk-behind spreaders, tow-behind spreaders or even riding spreaders for the more commercial-suited applications. The secret to a healthy and successful fertilizer treatment for you lawn is to plan ahead so you can apply the fertilizer evenly at the proper rate.  
 

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