Spring is here, which means that we're finally ready for some dry weather. After a whole season of rain, however, there's a good chance that your lush green lawn has turned to mud.
It's certainly true that homeowners in the Northwest rarely need to worry about a lack of rain, but we do face a unique set of challenges because of the wet weather. Here are some tips for getting your lawn to look great this summer.
Make Sure There's a Slope
Do you have a problem with puddles forming in your yard after heavy rain? If so, that means you need to do some serious work on the layout of your lawn. You'll want to build a slope away from your house to allow excess water to run off. A slope of around 5% is just about right. And while ideally you would have designed such a slope when the house was built, you can do some landscaping to get rid of the standing water at any time.
Get Rid of the Acid
Because of the heavy rainfall in the Pacific Northwest, there's a tendency for soil leaching to lead to heavily acidic soil. It's a good idea to buy a pH kit and test your soil, especially around springtime. If you do have a low pH value, you'll want to add some minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, or phosphorus, to make up for the leaching that's been occurring.
Don't Be Crabby
Spring is the time when you especially need to be aware of weeds and crab grass sneaking into your lawn. Take preventative measures by applying a safe pre-emergence herbicide to your yard that can help stop weeds from taking root. Once you've got them, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of invasive species from your lawn.
Your Grass is Probably Hungry
Spring is a great time to get your yard off to a great start to the dry season by applying some fertilizer. As a bonus, you'll be able to do this at the same time you add the minerals above for an overly acidic lawn. Make sure not to add too much, as this can actually do more harm than good.
Give Your Lawn a Rest
After so much rain in the winter, your lawn doesn't really need a lot of watering during the high heat of summer. If you don't mind your grass turning a bit brown, summer is a good time to let your lawn rest. If you prefer the green, select some drought-resistant species, such as buffalo grass, which only need water once a week.
Come Up For Air
Spring is also the time when you'll want to properly aerate your lawn. Not only does it help with drainage and keep your soil nice and healthy, it also will stimulate your lawn to grow. The number one goal here is to avoid soil compaction, which is especially common after a wet winter. You'll want to repeat the process in the late fall right before the rains start.
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