1. CLEAN & REPAIR YOUR LAWN
If your lawn is already well-maintained, all you need to do is give it a light raking once the ground has dried out. However, problem areas should be addressed quickly, as they can stress your lawn and make it more susceptible to weeds and disease.
2. PLANT YOUR GRASS
Once you’ve cleaned and repaired your lawn, you may need to reseed parts of it that are particularly bare or brown.
3. FERTILIZE YOUR GRASS Once your grass is well-established, you can encourage its growth and discourage weeds by applying a combination of fertilizers and herbicides. Make sure to read the labels to find out what is best for the area you live in.
4. MOW YOUR LAWN CORRECTLY
Both mowing height and frequency are important to the health of your grass. Mowing with a low blade height removes nutrients stored in leaf blades and exposes the soil to sunlight, allowing weeds to take hold more easily. Taller grass is better able to compete with weeds, thanks to a larger root system and a higher tolerance for heat. It also shades the ground, allowing the soil to retain water more effectively.
5. MAINTAIN YOUR LAWN CARE EQUIPMENT
A little bit of service and preventative maintenance can ensure that your lawn mower, string trimmer and other implements are running efficiently and won’t break down before you place them back into storage for the winter. Such machines are typically gasoline powered, so they should be serviced.