The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the first crocuses or daffodils return, all wonderful indicators of the coming of a new spring season. Spring is the season we look forward to after a long New England Winter. In preparation for warmer weather, it is the ideal time to get your lawn ready for the growing season with a spring clean-up. Our goal is to recommend services to help grow a healthy, green lawn this summer. Our “Spring Clean-Up” includes an array of services tailored to your lawn in preparation for the first mow of the season.
Even if you did a superb job of raking leaves in the Fall, de-thatching is a must to remove grass blades that died over the winter. Thatch is compiled of leaves, roots, and dead grass blades that build up between the live grass and the soil. If this layer becomes too thick it can keep water and air from reaching the grass.
Another way to reduce thatch and the effects of compacted soil is to use an aerator, which removes plugs of soil so more air, water, and nutrients can reach the grassroots. Aeration is especially good for lawns that get heavy traffic, such as lots of running and playing in the same spot, leading to soil compaction.
Overseeding is the process of sowing seed over existing grass. This is ideal for lawns riddled with bare patches due to dog spots, heavy traffic, or neglect may need an application of grass seed to fill in those bare patches. This service can improve your lawn’s appearance by promoting growth and increasing thickness.
One important benefit to lawn fertilization is that your lawn will require fewer amounts of weed killer. A thick, healthy lawn creates a natural resistance to weed growth. We recommend our customers apply early spring lawn fertilizer once in the Spring when your grass is starting to green up and begin to actively grow (around the time your lawn first needs to be mowed). Ideally, one or two more applications should follow during the growing season.
Spring clean-ups are scheduled when we are pretty confident the snow season is over, which is usually the end of March through May (fingers crossed in New Hampshire). We would love to provide a spring clean-up estimate including services that will help your lawn reach its maximum growing potential!