After a long, cold, snowy winter, the weather is starting to warm up. It’s time to think about spring lawn care in Denver. Here are some tips for getting your lawn in good shape for the summer months from a Denver landscape design company.
Early spring is a great time to aerate your lawn to encourage water and oxygen infiltration and to help alleviate soil compaction that occurred over the winter. Aeration involves making plugs in the lawn and depositing them onto the grass. Before you aerate, water your lawn so that it is moist. This will help reap the most benefits from the aeration process.
As with watering any kind of plant, it’s crucial not to over-water or under-water. Watering your lawn too much will make it difficult for the roots to get enough oxygen. (You should also check with your community; many have specific watering frequency rules to preserve this precious commodity in our semi-arid climate.)
Spring is a great time to test your irrigation system
. Make repairs to sprinkler heads and piping, as needed. Check to be sure your sprinkler system is reaching the entire lawn.
It’s a good idea to check on the amount of moisture in your lawn. You can do this by putting a screwdriver about 3 inches into the soil, then pull it out and wipe it with a paper towel. If the towel is wet, this means there is plenty of water in the soil. You don’t need to water the lawn—even if it looks dry.
Homeowners should follow the one-third rule when determining how frequently to mow their lawn. This rule is that you should never mow more than one-third of the leaf blade if you want to help keep your lawn strong and healthy. The most popular type of grass used in Denver and the rest of the state is Kentucky bluegrass
. This nonnative grass should be kept at 2 inches in length and mowed when it reaches about 3 inches. Cutting too much of the grass will weaken the lawn and can inhibit healthy growth.
From the amount of trash bags full of grass in most neighborhoods, many homeowners think that grass clippings need to be removed from the lawn, but we disagree. Keeping the clippings on your lawn lets them decompose, adding valuable nutrients to the lawn. As long as you are mowing with the proper frequency, you won’t have big clumps of dead grass all over the place.
Spring is the best time to start fertilizing your lawn, with May being the optimal start month along the Front Range. Pick a fertilizer with nitrogen for a healthy lawn. But if your lawn has started to turn yellow, you should opt for a fertilizer with iron instead. After the first application of fertilizer, you should plan to do it again in August or September, then again later in the fall. Three times a year is optimal.
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