Get Ready for Spring With These 4 Easy Steps on How to Restore a Lawn!
It might feel a bit counterintuitive to be talking about revamping a lawn when the ground is frozen and your grass is covered in snow. However, with the best lawn restoration season right around the corner, there’s really no better time than the middle of winter to get started! If you’re ready for the freshest grass in town, read on to learn how to restore a lawn, the right way.
Tip: Restoring a lawn takes a lot of hard work and know-how, so why not let the professionals take care of it for you? Mahoney Associates of Long Island are the professionals you need to give you the healthy lawn your property deserves. Email us or give us a call today! (631)287-7666
How to Restore a Lawn
Step 1. Figure out what’s going on
This is the first step in… well, pretty much everything. But a pretty important first step, nonetheless. Before you decide for certain that your lawn needs to be restored, find out what type of grass you have.
Let’s say, for example, that towards the end of the summer, as temperatures began to drop off, the grass turned brown and looked as if it were dying off. While it’s certainly concerning to see such a sight, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to worry. Warm-season grasses, like Bermuda grass, centipede grass, and zoysia grass can often go dormant and turn brown when temperatures are consistently below 60°F. And then as the spring sun warms them up again they come back to life.
Now, cool-season grasses, like Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fine fescue, and tall fescue can tolerate large temperature fluctuations and do well in colder winter climates. So, if you have one of these grasses on your property, but it still looks bad in the winter, then it’s probably good to learn how to retore a lawn.
Don’t know what kind of grass you have? Ask a professional! Here on Long Island, we’re pretty close to the Transition Zone where both types of grasses can be grown, so reach out to Mahoney Associates to schedule a consultation!
Step 2. Clean it up
The state of your lawn will depend on a lot of things, but a general rule of thumb is to clean up whatever needs cleaning up.
Weeds can steal your grass’s nutrients and oxygen, so get rid of them as quickly and as often as possible. After you do that, mow the lawn to about one inch tall, then remove the dead grass and any other unwanted debris.
Step 3. Boost it
Bring new life to your debris-free lawn, especially the patchy spots. Apply fertilizer and soil enhancer to help revive the grass, but be careful to not apply too much and make sure to get the proper fertilizer for your type of soil. It’s generally recommended to apply a slow-release fertilizer for lawn restoration.
If you’re planning to seed your yard as well, however, you should apply fertilizer a week ahead and water the soil.
Also consider using a natural, environmentally friendly fertilizer. It’s safer for you, your lawn, and the planet.
Step 4. Water and mow it
Once your lawn is revamped, it’s time to nurture it with consistent watering and regular mowing.
Right after your lawn is fertilized, it’ll need a bit more water (daily) to get the ball rolling, but after that, you can return to your normal lawn watering schedule.
As for the mowing, start mowing when your grass reaches 3-4 inches in height and keep a consistent schedule.
How to Find the Best Landscape Company to Restore a Lawn
Now that you’ve learned some basic steps for how to restore a lawn, you may just want to call in the professionals and let them do the work. Here at Mahoney Associates, we take a proactive approach to every aspect of residential and commercial landscaping and we’re dedicated to creating and maintaining the most beautiful outdoor spaces on the East End of Long Island. Don’t hesitate to call us at (631)287-7666 or email us to talk.