It has been a brutal winter and suddenly the landscape of your front lawn looks radically different. Winter’s cold chill can dry out your grass, destroy the health and integrity of the soil, and can invite pesky critters that are looking for a home during the colder season. Maintaining your lawn is very important to keeping up the value of your home and it provides the first impression that guests and passersby will have for the rest of your humble abode.
However, nothing makes the task of maintaining your landscape more challenging than a gripping winter. Here are a few ways to restore your lawn after a brutal winter:
1. Clear Out Dead Grass and Other Debris
First thing’s first: you will need to clear out all of that dead grass and old debris that will weigh down any new growth that your lawn will try to promote. Clear out this debris using a rake or even by hand if the mess is minimal enough. Once you do this first vital step, the rest of the work will be much easier.
2. Eliminate Weeds and Pests
It is possible that some weeds can sprout after a season of neglect under the snow. This makes sense when you consider that weed repellent products cannot be used on your lawn while there is heavy snow on top. As well, pests can begin nests on your lawn over the winter season to escape the cold. Once the snow melts, you should clear out these nests and possibly set up snares if the pest problem persists.
3. Consider Aerating the Soil
The winter weather can compact the lawn’s surface, making it difficult to facilitate new growth. This is why it might be a good idea to aerate the soil and ensure that the roots can receive the nutrients they need to grow properly. If you hire a professional for this work, you can rest assured that your lawn is in good hands.
4. Reseed the Lawn Where Needed
Patches of your lawn will die over the course of the winter time. Before reseeding your lawn, it is important to make sure that the lawn is thoroughly thawed out and that the temperatures are high enough. Otherwise, your grass will not grow properly. Spreading the seeds evenly by hand is the easiest way to restore your lawn. Raking it over and mixing it into the topsoil is important to ensure the seeds are not exposed to the elements.
5. Fertilize the Lawn to Restore the Lawn to its Former Glory
Your lawn probably needs a bit of extra help. This is where a proper lawn fertilizer comes in. To make sure that you have the best fertilizer for your lawn, you might benefit from conducting a soil test to see which nutrients your lawn is rich with and which ones it is missing. Hiring the professionals is a quick and easy way to make sure that experts understand your lawn’s needs and fulfill them.