Raking your yard
Raking your yard is a good way to start getting it back into shape. A deep raking of your lawn will cover many beneficial steps all at once. It clears leftover leaf litter, removes an excess of yard thatch and helps to aerate your grass, which in turn helps to fight off that nasty snow mold. You’ll want to rake the whole yard, even the areas that have become dead or discolored.
Dealing with Lawn Compaction
The start of spring is a good time to refresh your lawn after a year of heavy use. Soil compaction is a lawn-damaging condition that occurs most frequently in lawns that see a lot of mowing and foot traffic. Some easy to recognize symptoms of compacted soil are puddling in your lawn due to poor drainage, and the presence of moss in areas where grass would otherwise grow.
Core Aeration is one of the best ways to alleviate issues caused by lawn compaction. An Aerator is a machine that pulls plugs of soil or “cores” from the lawn to loosen the soil and permit airflow down to the root level of your lawn. Aerators can be rented for those with an experienced hand at yard work or you could consider professional services for those who desire expert assistance with their lawn care.
Early Weed Control
Early spring is the best time to deal with weeds in your yard. Cold weather can kill off the plants themselves, but the seeds left behind are mostly unaffected by low temperatures. Apply pre-emergence herbicide to your lawn to get ahead of any unwanted growth. The chemicals in the herbicide act as a barrier, preventing the winter seeds from germinating and getting a foothold in your lawn. Remember, it’s far easier to keep ahead of weeds than it is to fight them.