They say: “spring is in the air…” 

Well, almost. As we round out the month of February, most of us are looking forward to putting the cold, winter days behind us.

While it’s not quite time to plant a garden or pull out the picnic basket, it’s high-time you start preparing your lawn for the spring. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of six lawn care tips to prepare your yard for spring. Read on to learn more about the first three, and be sure to catch part-two of this series for rest of the lawn care tips. 

If after reading this, you feel like it’s going to require a lot of time and effort (I’ll be straight with you — it will), get in touch with the experts at Personal Lawn Care. From weed and insect control, to soil analysis, lawn fertilizer services, and more, Personal Lawn Care is your trusted, local provider of professional lawn care services in Memphis and the surrounding areas. 

1. Grab the Rake

Look at you! You did a great job raking your lawn in the fall, and your trees haven’t dropped leaves for months. There isn’t a dang thing to rake, right? Wrong. 

You’re forgetting about a little thing called “thatch.” Thatch is mainly composed of dead turf-grass tissue, and it exists as a layer between the green vegetation of your grass, and the roots and soil below. This layer of thatch poses a variety of threats to the health of your lawn, but with some deep and thorough raking, you can send it packing. Raking your lawn in preparation for spring is also a great way to spot matted clusters of grass that can impede the healthy growth of your lawn as the seasons change.

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2. Look for Moss 

In all likelihood, there probably weren’t a lot of BBQs or parties on your lawn during the winter — but that is about to change. Now that you will be entertaining again, you need to prepare your grass for the heavy increase in foot traffic that is to come. If you notice any moss while preparing your lawn for spring, it is likely that the soil below the moss has become compacted over the winter. You can address this by aerating the problem areas of your lawn, which allows water and air to penetrate the soil and reach the grassroots, promoting healthy growth in the spring.

It should be noted, however, that spring is not the best time to aerate your entire yard, as it can also invite weed-seeds for quick germination. You should only aerate problem areas that display moss or other signs of compacted soil, as needed. 

3. Assess Your Soil

One day, a homeowner went to a wise-man and asked: “how do I keep my lawn healthy and green?” The wise-man paused, thought for a moment, and replied:

“Well, your soil is the root of your problem.”

All jokes aside, if you notice moss or other signs of disease or irregular growth in your grass, it is likely a sign that your soil has become acidic. There are a number of things you can do to assess the acidity of your grass and help it get back to a neutral pH level, but none of them are quick fixes. Instead, get in touch with the lawn care experts at Personal Lawn Care in Memphis. A lab analysis of your soil can quickly and accurately determine the proper treatments for your lawn, so you can get it the help it needs. 

Be sure to check out part two of our series for more lawn care tips to prepare your yard for spring, and contact Personal Lawn Care in Memphis to get a free estimate for your next project!