Spring Lawn Care Tips For Minnesota Lawns

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Spring Lawn Care Tip #1: Raking
Raking will be your first task of spring lawn care. Okay, I can hear the groans coming from all lands near and far, wherever grassy carpets are cultivated: "But we already raked leaves in the fall!" Sorry, but raking is for more than just removing leaves: it's for controlling thatch, too. A thatch build-up of more than 1/2 inch is considered excessive.

Spring Lawn Care Tip #2: Check for Compaction
If your lawn is subjected to high levels of traffic year after year, it may eventually start to show signs of decline. In such cases, your lawn is probably suffering from compaction. For instance, the presence of moss plants signals compaction (among other things).

Spring Lawn Care Tip #3: Liming
Besides compaction, the presence of moss plants also signals acidity. But grass likes a neutral soil pH. You can solve this problem by liming your soil. But don't expect a quick fix: the effects of liming are slow to take place.

Spring Lawn Care Tip #4: Overseeding
Is your lawn riddled with bare patches due to dog spots, heavy traffic or neglect? If so, you may need to apply grass seed to fill in those bare patches. This solution is known as "overseeding lawns." Apply a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer when you overseed. Five weeks after the grass germinates, apply a quick-release nitrogen fertilizer.

Spring Lawn Care Tip #5: Fertilizing
Lawns can be fertilized organically by using compost and mulching mowers. But for those who prefer chemical fertilizers, we provide a fertilizing schedule specifically for your lawn. Many experts, however, recommend a lighter feeding in spring and a heavier one in fall for cool-season grasses. Too much fertilizer in spring can lead to disease and weed problems.

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