Spring Lawn Tips: Aerating & Fertilizing

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Ah, spring. Take advantage of the season and prepare your lawn for maximum lushness. Now is the time to repair dead patches, apply fertilizer, and aerate and top dress.

 

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Overview

Ah, spring. Take advantage of the season and prepare your lawn for maximum lushness. Now is the time to repair dead patches, apply fertilizer, and aerate and top dress.

What You'll Need

Tools:

20V MAX* Lithium Garden Cultivator
Drop spreader
Aerator
Garden Rake

Materials:

Lawn fertilizer
Grass seed
Top dressing

 

Step 1

Repairing Dead Patches

Spring is the time to repair dead patches in your lawn. Begin by raking out the dead grass or using a shovel to slice off the dead turf. Dispose of this layer. Then use your 20V Max Garden Cultivator to cultivate the area. Start shallow and gradually move deeper as the soil loosens. Make sure you are not working over sprinkler lines! Add a layer of compost and use the Garden Cultivator to mix it into the top two or three inches. Lightly tamp down the soil. The soil should be even with the surrounding soil level. Then scatter seeds or lawn patch over the bare area. Finally, water well. Protect the area from traffic and water every day until seedlings are well established.


Step 2

Fertilizer Application: Timing is Everything

Lawns wake up in the spring and go dormant in the fall, regardless if they are warm season or cool season grasses. They both need a dose of fertilizer during the wake-up period, however each is slightly different.


Step 3

Spreading Granular Fertilizer with a Drop Spreader

The drop spreader works by dropping fertilizer directly from the hopper onto the turf, in an even, defined path. The challenge is that precision is absolutely necessary. If you have ever seen strips of bright green in a lawn, a drop spreader was probably the culprit. Though difficult to use, the advantage of such precision spreading is that fertilizer is not being broadcast into flowerbeds, ponds or streams, or onto sidewalks or other hardscapes where it will need to be cleaned up.


Step 4

Lawn Aeration

Lawns can become compacted over time, making it too dense to effectively allow air, water, and nutrients to reach grass roots. Aerating your lawn creates openings for air and nutrients to get deep into the root system. The aeration process is simple. The power core aerator pulls cores of soil out of the ground and deposits them on the surface.


Step 5

Topdressing

Topdressing is a very effective, yet simple, lawn maintenance technique involving application of a layer of organic material to the top of the lawn. It works slowly to add organic material into the soil. You can topdress with pure compost, or mix three parts sand to three parts compost mixed with one part sphagnum peat. It is best to topdress after aeration.


 
 

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