I could not be more excited that spring is finally here! I do not know why, but it seems the older I get the harder winter seems to be. Even though it is still pretty chilly here on the East Coast, the signs of spring have started popping up. We’ve had a few mild days that are giving me hope that it will be warming up soon. I’m looking forward to working on the back deck, enjoying the fresh air and listening to the birds sing.
These signs of spring also mean that it is time to start getting our lawn ready for the upcoming season. With three active kids, we really put some wear and tear on our yard during the summer. Every year we try to make sure we get the lawn prepared to be able to withstand the foot traffic that’s soon to come. We’ll have ball games, cookouts, and seemingly endless hours of kids running around laughing while I watch from the porch.
Spring Lawn Care
Since the kids were tracked out of school last week, it was a good time to work on the yard. Reseeding was our first step in getting a beautiful lawn. That’s because when it’s done early, the roots will have more time to develop before summer begins.
My husband ran to the store to get the correct seed – since I wasn’t sure exactly what we needed. He explained that we irrigate our lawn during the summer and our lawn is gets full sun, so we need a seed blend with a high concentration of perennial ryegrass. If we had a shady lawn, we’d be looking for more fine fescue in the mix. If we didn’t water it a lot, a a higher percentage of tall fescue seed would be key.
While he ran to the store, the kids and I began working on the lawn. We have a lot of places where the snow damaged the grass, so we needed to get those areas ready. We raked all of the leaves and dead grass up so my husband could easily see which spots needed the most attention. I turned it into a game with the kids to see who could fill the most bags of debris. Before we knew it, the entire lawn was cleared and we were ready for the next step.
By the time my husband returned with the seed, everyone was starting to get hungry. I let them work on the lawn while I fixed grilled cheese and tomato soup to warm us all up. They worked on aerating the lawn to help the nutrients get down into the soil. Then they spread the seed before we turned on the sprinklers and piled up on the porch to enjoy a late lunch.
Spending the day together getting the yard ready for summer was the perfect way to kick off spring and get us all excited about spending more time outside.
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