*This is a compensated post in association with Grass Seed USA and Mom It Forward Influencer Network
Spring is here and that means it’s time to spend more time out in the sunshine enjoying the lovely blooms and green grass. Be it the spring holidays, spring break or prepping for the summer bbq season, it’s the time of year to love your lawn!
Did you know that grass naturally recycles? A lawn is naturally self-repairing. If you choose the right grass for your climate conditions and lawn use patterns, it will be highly resilient and regenerate quickly in response to stresses such as drought, frost or foot traffic. Adding beauty and value to your home while being green and saving money!
Grass can reduce your carbon footprint. Yep! We frequently hear about the value of planting trees to capture carbon and produce oxygen, but grass also provides the same benefits. When you responsibly manage your lawn. your grass absorbs and stores away carbon, therefore reducing your carbon footprint. According to the academic professionals with Grass Seed USA, a lawn of just 50 square feet releases enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four. Wow!
Is the mercury rising in your neck of the woods? Grass has a natural cooling effect! On hot days, grass is much cooler than cement, asphalt and dirt, which trap heat. A Mississippi State University study showed that when the temperature of a sidewalk is 100°F, the temperature of the lawn next to it will remain around 75°F.
Ok, so how do you maintain a healthy yard?
- Rake – Rake your lawn to remove dead grass, old leaves and any other debris that accumulated over the winter. Raking enables you to see any bare or worn areas that need attention, and it also increases soil contact when seeding and allows new young grass to grow more easily.
- Aerate – Lawns that are heavily trafficked or buried under large piles of snow for a significant amount of time can suffer from soil compaction. You can hire a professional to aerate your lawn for you, or you can rent a core aerator, whose hollow tines will pull small plugs of soil out of the ground, allowing increased movement of water, nutrients and oxygen into the soil. Aeration can also increase the soil contact with seeds and promote new growth.
- Seed – Spring is the ideal time to reseed thin or bare patches in existing lawns or to establish new lawn spaces. Seeding now to repair winter-damaged areas will allow the grass to grow in healthy and strong before summer, when the lawn will likely experience the heaviest use. Talk to a turf specialist at a garden store or your local university extension office to help you select the right seed for your area. The specialist will be able to identify a seed that is similar to your existing lawn, or suggest an alternative choice if you’ve experienced recurring problems. After you plant the new seed, water lightly but regularly to make sure the reseeded areas stay damp until the new grass grows in.
- Tune up your lawn mower – Get ready for the first mow by giving your lawn mower an annual service that includes changing the oil, changing the spark plug, swapping out or cleaning the air filter, and sharpening the blade. Most lawns are ready to be mowed when the grass reaches a height of 3 inches, although newly seeded areas or recently overseeded existing lawns should be mowed closer to 2 inches until the new grass is established. Remember to mow with a frequency that allows you to cut less than one-third the height of the grass. An easy-to-follow rule is to let it grow no taller than 3 inches and cut it to no shorter than 2 inches.
Need some lawn time fun inspiration? Be it Spring or Summer, try any of these fun activities!
- Have a picnic
- Backyard overnight camp out
- Lawn games! Play corn hole, bocce ball, croquet, horseshoes and lawn twister! Badminton is a popular sport too!
- Fire pit cocktail night
- Outdoor movie night
- Have a cookout
- Play badminton
- Staycation kiddie pool lay out, complete with umbrella cocktails
- And more!
Save money, be green and enjoy your home…by enjoying your lawn!