Spring Lawn Preparations - Take 1!

As a Manitoban, I was ecstatic when the winter snow had all but completely melted away in the first weeks of March! We were playing ball in the yard, running and biking outside, some even wearing shorts... You can do this at +8 in Manitoba, and love every minute of it!  However, I woke up this morning and winter has returned and seems it will stick around for the week.  Not a problem, I decided this will give me a chance to to plan my Spring Lawn Renewal Project, before I plan my Garden Project Take 2, (for those not aware, I tried and somewhat failed successfully at my first gardening attempt last summer).

I really love a nice, green, well manicured lawn.  I "ooh" and "aah" at them as I pass by on my way to my own kinda green, sort of manicured, well lived on by my kids and dog, lawn.  I have good intentions every spring of starting the lawn season off right, and I am yet to follow through. I felt this was the way, to hold myself accountable!

Here is my plan, and I will report my progress.

1. Dethatching  (I believe this can also be called power raking) I try this by hand with a rake each year and usually find I am not powerful with a rake... Therefor, this year, I will call my local yard care specialists to come dethatch for me!

2. Fertilize  This can be done twice a year. I am going to try a spring fertilizing and then an early fall fertilizing. Some articles stated that a second dose can be done before the peak heat season, but I can't be cutting grass every second day all summer long!

3. Reseed  Any thinning areas or bare spots should be dug up or cut into about 1/4 inch deep.  In my case they suggest a complete reseeding... I will start with some target areas. Mixing a seed that grows well in your climate with some soil before spreading will help keep it from blowing away in the wind, as well as a soaking.

4. Water  Your grass needs 1"-1 1/2" of water weekly, it is best to water 2-3 times a week and the earlier in the day the better.

I am keeping it simple with just these 4 steps, wish me luck!           

I'll keep you posted!

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