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The average US household spends more than $500 every year caring for their lawn.

And with good reason. A well-kept, lush lawn can make your home look stunning, and is a great place for the kids and pets to run around.

But taking care of your lawn and garden is an ongoing task. It takes year-round maintenance to keep it in top condition.

So read on as we look at 5 great tips for preparing your spring lawn.

1. It’s Called “Fall” for a Reason

We tend to get far less use out of lawns during fall and winter.

When you come to start working on your spring lawn, the first thing it will probably need is a serious raking. Even if you raked up all the leaves through the fall, and kept it up in the cold of winter, there is still likely to be some debris on your lawn.

You are also going to have a build up of thatch, the dead grass that gets trapped within the fresh green growth. Make sure you rake all of this out to give your lawn a chance to breathe.

2. Weed Between the Lines

If you’ve not spent much time on your lawn during the fall and winter, there will definitely be a fair amount of weeds.

Weeding is a necessary evil if you want to have a beautiful garden. If left to their own devices, weeds will spread and starve your lawn of nutrients.

And remember that you don’t have to tackle it all at once. Try weeding a little at a time, and you’ll be done before you know it.

3. Lime Your Spring Lawn

If there’s a lot of moss that’s grown on your lawn over the winter, then it may be a sign that your soil is acidic.

Grass prefers a neutral pH, so for the best spring lawn, you’ll need to redress the balance. Applying lime to your soil will help to neutralize the acid, making it a better environment for the grass.

But don’t overdo it. Too much lime will make your lawn too alkaline, which isn’t good for grass either.

4. Overseed

Some patches of your lawn may be a little bare.

This is the time to overseed. Sprinkle some grass seeds over the bare patches, and apply a little fertilizer. After a few weeks, you should have new growth that begins to fill in those bare patches.

The ideal time to do this is in the fall; you don’t want to go the whole summer with a patchy lawn.

5. Mow, Mow, Mow

A mistake many people make when preparing for spring is not mowing enough.

If your grass gets too high before you cut it, the roots can become stunted and your grass won’t grow back as well. Start as soon as spring arrives and try to mow at least once a week if not more. This will give you a lush, green lawn.

If all of that sounds like too much work, then you might consider hiring a landscaper, such as All Terrain Landscape and Irrigation LLC.

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