With the weather becoming brighter and warmer in Muskegon, Michigan, getting your lawn in great condition is paramount, and will leave your garden looking healthy and well-kept, so you can fully enjoy your outdoor space during the spring months. The climate at this time of year means your lawn will start actively growing and will need some love and care from Preferred Lawn Care to get it back looking its best.
No lawn can be left untended for too long. To keep grass growing healthily and strong, and to avoid sparse dry patches, you need to feed, water, and cut it back regularly. Even if initially it may require some time and effort to bring your lawn back to life, once you have done so, your lawn will be looking great.
If you haven’t already started, now is the time to start thinking about your lawn and, and with the right attention from Preferred Lawn Care, it will start to flourish in no time at all.
Here are the 5 tips for lawn care this spring season in Muskegon, Michigan:
1. Mowing your Lawn
This is one of the more obvious, but still crucial tasks to complete to maintain your lawn. While not much growth may have occurred during the colder months, you will no doubt have noticed your lawn now beginning to grow again. Mowing your lawn not only gives it a neat, well-kept, and even appearance it will also keep it healthy by eliminating pests from the grass, clearing bits of debris that may not be immediately obvious if your lawn is overgrown, and helping it to easily distribute and absorb water, sunlight and feed due to its even nature.
When you cut the grass on your lawn you are eliminating the weaker, thinner strands, leaving only the most vigorous and hardy shoots which will give your lawn a greener, more luxurious appearance. The older cut grass that falls onto the earth helps to fertilize the earth creating natural compost which stimulates even more growth. Schedule a regular mowing and lawn service from Preferred Lawn Care in spring and summer and your lawn will stay looking fresh and bright throughout.
2. Eliminating Moss
Moss can cause problems to the look and health of your lawn. If your lawn is damp and poorly drained moss can grow and create issues when it comes to creating that neat and even look. Moss growing on your lawn is usually an indicator that your soil is not right for growing grass – either it is too acidic, too moist, or is nutritionally poor or too compacted. These conditions are perfect for moss to thrive in, but not for your lawn! Killing the moss is the first step and can be done with a good quality herbicide or moss killer, which often comes combined with fertilizer. Following this, the lawn will need scarifying which removes the moss and weeds leaving the grass. Call Preferred Lawn Care for a complete lawn conditioning service.
Good lawn fertilizer is useful to help maintain your lawn. Feeding your lawn regularly will help to increase the growth and the strength of the grass shoots. It will also keep weeds at bay. For best results apply a good lawn fertilizer when the soil is damp. Do this as early as possible in spring/ summer. Too late in the year and you could damage your lawn by encouraging too much growth too late on which will then potentially be damaged by the cold weather, or pests and disease.
4. Planting Grass Seed
There may be patches of your lawn that have become sparse and dry particularly after scarification, and if this is the case you may need to seed over these areas to encourage new growth. The best way to plant GRASS SEED is to create a seedbed by either carefully raking the areas to be re-seeded or by applying a fine topsoil or root zone. Sow the grass seed at half the recommended rate then gently rake over the soil for even distribution of the seeds. Keep an eye on the weather and water the areas if the sun stays out for a few days. You should see the newly planted grass start to show within 7-10 days. Have a Preferred Lawn Care plant and fertilize your lawn.
5. Watering Your Lawn
Pay careful attention to how much water your lawn is getting. In Muskegon, Michigan watering is not usually necessary for your lawn to stay in good condition in summer. However, if you encounter a particularly hot, dry summer, then use a fork to aerate the soil before you water and then do so once a week to keep the soil from drying out and the grass turning brown.
If you have a new lawn turf, it needs at least a week to settle and lawn seed should be allowed to grow until it is ready to be cut back by mowing before it is used. If you follow these handy spring lawn care tips you are sure to have a beautiful, fresh, well-nourished garden that you can enjoy all summer long!
6. Assess The Soil
Moss coating the ground can also be a sign of acidic soil. The acidity or alkalinity of soil is measured by the pH scale, with 7 representing perfectly neutral soil. Acidic soils have pH levels below 7, while alkaline soils measure higher than 7.
Grass likes a neutral pH, and, if your soil is well outside this range, it may not grow very well, or it can be subject to moss growth. A variety of soil amendments can be used to nudge the pH back to an optimal level for growing grass. Adding ground limestone, for example, is a common method for lifting the pH of very acidic soils. However, this is not a quick fix, as the liming takes hold gradually.
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When it comes to lawn care, rather than doing it yourself, it’s much easier to make one phone call and access the comprehensive services at Preferred Lawn Care to get the best results. We can become your go-to source for a wide variety of lawn services and treatments for spring lawn care.
Preferred Lawn Care provides everything you need to get your lawn in great condition this spring. If you are looking to create a fantastic lawn area in your garden then our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to work for you.