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5 Tips for Spring Lawn Prep

April 7th, 2017 1:54 PM by Jodie Ford

5 Tips for Spring Lawn Prep

Time for spring cleaning and that includes the yard.  Here are some tips on how to start your Joint Base Charleston yard off right this year. 

Prevent weeds

Proper mowing, irrigation, and feeding practices are the best possible weed prevention, but established weed populations require drastic measures.  If your lawn has bare spots, fill them in now with sod or seed so weeds don’t sprout and get a foothold.

Start your engines
Much like cars, lawnmowers will stop working without routine maintenance. If you haven’t already done so in the fall, replace the mower’s oil and gas with the types recommended in your mower’s instruction manual.  This would also be a good time to replace that corroded spark plug and dirty air filter. Add a fuel stabilizer to keep the gas from going stale and harming the mower’s engine.

Clear out thatch
You know that spongy layer of dead grass that builds up in your lawn? That’s thatch. A thin layer of thatch is normal and even healthy, because it protects the soil, roots, and beneficial organisms. But when that thatch gets about an inch tall, drought, weeds, and other problems develop.   If thatch is common on your block, prevent it with core aeration.

Reseed and resod
None of these tips will do much good without a proper lawn. If your lawn seems as if it’s beyond hope, consider starting from scratch.

If your existing lawn is an annual one, remove it with a sod cutter. Perennial grasses, like Bermuda or St. Augustine grass, are much tougher to remove, so you’ll likely have to either solarize with clear plastic sheets for several weeks or resort to an herbicide.

Once you’ve dug up the grass or otherwise eradicated it, replace it with soil and a grass variety appropriate to your region.

Amend the bare soil with topsoil or composted manure, and begin laying down the sod or planting seeds by following the label instructions. After planting, water it often until the new grass becomes established.

Start good habits
If you’re not already following a fertilizing schedule, start one now by following the directions on your product of choice. It’s very likely that you will forget this schedule after the first feeding, so pencil in the dates on your calendar so you don’t get off track.

Start the season off right by mowing more often, on a higher setting, and in alternating directions.



*Information from Zillow Porchlight


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