As spring kicks into full gear, your lawn will begin to liven up. And as your grass changes from shades of yellow to a bloom of green, it’s time to prepare your lawn for the growing season. We recommend that folks have their lawns aerated and fertilized, and they should fine tune their watering regimen and mowing interval to make the most of their grass. You can always count on the crew here at Prestige Lawncare to make the most of your lawn with our lawn care services — we work throughout Randleman, Greensboro, High Point, and beyond. We provide lawn mowing and core aerations services, which are ideal for this time of year! In addition, you can follow our tips to ensure that you have the greenest lawn in the neighborhood.

Aeration

Aeration is helpful for your lawn since it removes thatch, and it introduces nutrients and air to the soil. If you have a lawn whose ground is covered in thatch, or a lawn whose grass suffers from few nutrients in the soil, then aeration may help. Thatch can build up throughout the year as grass clippings, leaves, and other materials settle on the surface of your grass. This thatch can choke your grass and it can kill off splotches of grass throughout your landscape. Aerating will break up thatch. If you still have thatch throughout the year, you can rake your lawn to get rid of excess material that can settle on your grass or near its roots.

If your grass is yellow and dried out, it may not be receiving the nutrients and water that it needs to thrive. Aerating will introduce more nutrients to the roots of your grass, while ensuring that you grass receives plenty of air (since grass consumes carbon dioxide), and water which are essential to healthy growth.

You should aerate your lawn every year, or more often if it is compacted or yellowing. If you have harder soil, you may need to aerate twice per year. We recommend that you aerate during spring, since the grass will recover quickly from aeration.

Fertilization

If your lawn is a bit lackluster, then the soil may be depleted of nutrients that are essential to the health of your grass. You can check the pH balance of your soil to see if it is within the right range to support grass growth. Ideally, your soil should be around a pH level of 6.5, which means that it will be slightly acidic.

In addition, you can use a test to see if your grass’ soil needs more nitrogen and other nutrients. You can then pick up a fertilizer that is appropriate for the condition of your soil. Be sure to follow the directions on the packaging to ensure that you don’t over- or under-fertilize your lawn. You can calculate the square footage of your lawn, and then use the recommended fertilizer amount on your packaging. You can use a rotary spreader to spread fertilizer throughout your lawn evenly. Be cautious not to let fertilizer build up in one location on your lawn — it should be cast evenly over the whole surface to ensure that the whole of your lawn is green.

Watering Guidelines

If you shut off your water while your grass was dormant, it’s time to turn it back on. Your grass should be getting between an inch and an inch-and-a-half of water per week to keep your grass growing. That amounts to about 20 minutes of watering per day, two to three times per week. As your grass begins to soak up water, you should be able to feel that each blade of grass is soft. If your grass is dry and crumbly, then you aren’t watering your lawn enough. If your grass is wilted and wet, then you may be overwatering. Your ground should also be fairly soft due to your watering regimen — if you can’t stick a screwdriver into your lawn with ease then you should increase the duration of your watering interval and consider aerating your lawn.

Mowing Guidelines

You should begin mowing your grass after giving it ample time to grow green at the beginning of the season. Let your grass grow about an inch past the recommended height for your species of grass. You shouldn’t mow too often, or you can end up burning up your grass in the height of the sun. Mowing too often will also increase the risk that weeds sprout up throughout your lawn.

You should mow every week or two (depending on the season and the growth rate of your grass) to keep it healthy and manageable. If your grass is going to seed, it is likely too long and should be cut more often. If you need guidelines for your specific lawn, we’d be happy to let you know. And of course, we can provide regular mowing services for you, so you don’t have to lift a finger!

Count on Prestige Lawncare

If you’re ready to make the most of your lawn, we’re ready to help. Again, we provide a variety of lawn care services for folks here in Randleman, Greensboro, High Point, and beyond. Please, feel free to take at our full service area. Reach out to us for mowing, aerating, and other services! We’ll work with you to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood!