After the roughest winter in decades, your yard will need some extra TLC this spring. Follow these easy steps to greener pastures.
Once the ground is fully dry, stimulate growth by raking the lawn lightly. This will remove excess debris and aerate the soil. Target areas that were damaged over the winter by salt spray and critter activity. Also pay special attention to the borders of your lawn that line the street.
Layer your new growth like a sandwich. Spread lawn seed in needed areas. Follow that with a light raking to make contact between seed and soil. Be careful about over-watering, you simply want to dampen the topsoil. A thin layer of straw on top will seal in the moisture needed for the seeds to mature.
If spring rains fail to keep the newly seeded areas moist, sprinkle lightly each week until the seeds sprout.
Aerate the entire surface a total of three times once new grass begins appearing.
A flooded lawn may take more time to repair. Excess silt clogs the lawn’s ability to regenerate itself and may require fall re-sodding or reseeding.