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Last December we had a green Christmas, this spring we have a White Easter.

The last week or so has been reasonably warm and when I pass by the village of York, there is a beautiful sloping lawn facing south. This lawn is really starting to green up. The fact that it faces south means it is getting the most of the sunshine in warming up the soil. The fact that it slopes down to the road, I believe also contributes to its ability to capture the warmth from the sun. When the soil gets warm, the grass starts to grow. When the grass starts to grow it becomes green.

How can you get your lawn to green up sooner in the spring? Moving it to the south side of the house may not be an option.

Easter Lawn Care and Snow

Two things you can do.

One – make sure to feed it late in the fall. A late October or early November feeding (winter fertilization) will help your lawn to green up earlier. The lawn food is taken into the root system at that time of year. It does not produce growth, but is stored in the roots. Come the spring, it is ready to be used immediately by the turf grass plants.

Two- the last cut in the fall should be short. Lower your mowing height to1 ½ to 2 inches. The lower mowing height will help to reduce the risk of winter and early spring diseases. It also means that in the spring, the soil will be able to warm up quicker than if you have long shaggy grass.

 

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The sun was bright this morning and it was filtering through to the snowdrops that were blooming under the redbud tree. These are the first signs of spring in our garden.(other than the robins that showed up a few weeks ago.)

I don't have a lot of these dainty bulbs. Actually, this is the only spot in my garden, but they are always the first to bloom in the beds. From here on, in the other spring flowers will come along in their proper order and sequence. . . . all in good time.

 Signs of Spring

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People often ask if it is necessary to rake the lawn in the spring. They see their neigbhours doing it and often remember that their parents raked faithfully each spring.

Raking is good for the lawn. Raking is mainly a grooming exercise. And it can be exercise. Plus it gives you sunshine and fresh air (unless you like raking in the rain). Raking removes the dead grass blades. Once the dead blades have been removed, the lawn will look greener, even though you have also removed some green grass blades.

Raking is also a “pruning”. Just as trimming a forsythia bush will stimulate growth, raking a lawn will prune stems of grass and will also stimulate growth.

Is it absolutely necessary? No. The lawn will not look as green until more new growth starts, but the lawn will still survive. My lawn is huge and I never have time to rake; I don’t like raking; and so I don’t.

Dethatching is a form of mechanical raking. Generally, I find mechanical dethatching to be a little unnecessary. Many people see the dead grass blades from the winter and will say “My lawn has a lot of thatch”. As lawn experts, we call that 'dead grass blades'. Thatch to us is that layer of stems, roots and other stuff found between the green part of the lawn (the grass blades) and the soil. Some thatch is good as it insulates the soil from extremes of temperature and reduces moisture loss. Too much thatch (TMT) acts like a thatch roof and can prevent water from penetrating the root zone. TMT also provides protection for insect pests and can increase disease incidence. TMT accumulates because of the lack of oxygen and the proper micro-organisms needed to break it down. Rarely is TMT caused by not removing the clippings. Return clippings to the lawn to better utilize the nutrients in the clippings and increase microbial activity.

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