grassSpring Lawn Care

What you do for your lawn in the spring will be greatly reflected by how it looks through the summer and into fall. Keeping your lawn maintained after the snow melts and giving it that boost will help you grow a healthy-looking and problem-free lawn.

Seeding your lawn if it is patchy:

1. Wait until your lawn is dry after melting- if it's near a road, use water to flush out extra salt, then wait for it to dry.
2. Lightly rake the spots to remove any thatch and to loosen soil.
3. Add your top dressing to spots- soil and/or compost.
4. Use a seed starter fertilizer, applied at the rate indicated on the label.
5. Spread your seed as evenly as possible over the patches.
6. Rake lightly to ensure the seed makes contact with the soil. If birds are a problem, raking can help hide some of the seed from their view as well.
7. Gently water.

Aeration:

What is it? Small plugs/holes of soil are removed from the lawn. They are left on top to eventually work their way back into the lawn.

What does it do for my lawn? It helps reduce soil compaction, which in turn allows healthy root growth and uninterrupted nutrient uptake for a healthy lawn. It will also allow for water and air to get down into the roots easier.

When does it need to be done? This is more commonly needed in older, more mature lawns. It should be done in the spring/early summer or early fall. To check if your lawn needs aerating, remove a small section of lawn (about 6x6 inches) and turn it over to look at the roots. If they do not seem to be more than 1-2 inches deep, it is probably time to aerate.

How can I aerate my lawn? Equipmet is available for rent to do it yourself, or contact a local lawn care professional.

General Spring Care:

Raking:


•Dathatch your lawn using a dethatching rake. Rake deeply in the fall to help with the dethatching in the spring.
•Raking helps remove any dead and rotten matter that may have become stuck together. Removing this matter makes it easier for new growth to penetrate the surface.

Feeding:


•A light feeding should be done in the spring, with a heavier one in the fall.
•Mulching: when cutting your grass, use the mulcher on your mower. This composts the cut grass directly on your lawn.
•Chemical fertilizer can be used to feed your lawn in the spring (again, lightly). Follow the instructions on the package for rate of application.

Weeding:

•For dandelions, you can snap their heads off before they get a chance to seed. This will stop them from spreading over your yard or the neighbourhood.
•Pulling weeds by the root is a good chemical-free method. There are different tools you can use to do this.
•Using a selective herbicide (such as Killex) to apply to your lawn once it starts showing weeds.

Acidity:


Grass prefers neutral soil. Here in Manitoba we have a realtively basic soil, so acidic soil is not really a concern for us in general. There are a couple of places that may become acidic though, such as under a coniferous tree or when a dog urinates in one spot constantly. For areas like this you can use dolomitic lime to help keep raise the pH. For ideas under a tree specifically, see our page for acidic soil.