So my bearded buddy Bob was back at the beginning of Spring to get some tips on how to get his lawn ready. This is an important time of year for guys who like a good lawn, and I was happy to get the chance to share some tips with him.
The last time we had spoken, Bob had some problems with dandelions, and keeping them from turning his green lawn into a yellow mess. We wanted to get a head start on this problem, as well as ensure that his lawn would look great for the summer. If you neglect this, you are going to be paying a hefty price all the way to the Fall.
- The first step, I explained to Bob, was to rake the lawn. This controls thatch and helps to aerate the soil so that fresh nutrients will penetrate. By removing thatch and undoing any matting done by snow deeply, you are setting the stage for a beautiful lawn.
- If during the raking you notice signs of compacted soil and moss, you may need to take the extra step and actually aerate those areas professionally. This is most common on parts of your lawn where there is heavy traffic. You can also apply lime if there is an excessive amount of moss in your lawn during the Spring.
- For those bare spots, I explained to Bob that he would have to plant seeds and then five weeks later apply a quick release nitrogen fertilizer. This helps to ensure that your lawn is lush by the time you are stoking your first barbecue.
- I recommend that you follow a schedule of fertilizing your entire lawn with one of the top selling lawn care products. These are usually sold according to season, making it easier for a novice like Bob to know what to do.
- For Bob, since we already knew his lawn has a penchant for dandelions, we also took the extra step of adding pre-emergent herbicides. This actually takes care of the problem before it becomes a problem. A shield is formed that does not allow seeds to penetrate the lawn, so it is important that you aerate and seed before applying these products. It is also important that this be done in the spring, since this is the time when crabgrass seeds are most abundant.
Once we had Bob all set up for the Spring, he gave me some of his own trimming advice for his beard. Seems like the secret is in the beard balm that he uses, so my next mission is to read some beard balm review sites to see what’s up.