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With winter weather receding and spring about to begin in many parts of the country, you may be wondering about the best possible way to encourage your yard to come back as healthy and abundant as possible. With some extra maintenance and preparation as the season begins, you can help your yard grow to its full potential in the coming months.

Fertilize on Time

To get your grass as healthy and green as possible, you want to fertilize your grass between two and four separate times throughout the year. The best times to do this fertilizing can vary a lot based on the kind of grass you have, where you live, and the seasonal progression in that part of the country, sot can be helpful to consult a local agricultural or horticultural department. Many experts recommend doing one fertilizer treatment at the very beginning of spring, followed by another six weeks later, with remaining treatments done in the late summer and early fall. This gives the fertilizer plenty of time to work and helps encourage peak growth when spring is in full bloom, around late April or early May.

Consider Installing a Fence

Most people only think of a fence as something erected for privacy, but fences can serve other practical purposes as well. A fence composed of solid wood can block your property from wind flow by half. This allows you to spend more time out back, enjoying the outdoor lifestyle, without being disturbed by the weather conditions. You can have your family outside on windy days without having to deal with gusts of wind knocking things over. Having a fence can also stop extra debris like leaves and acorns from coming over from neighboring yards and piling up in your grass. These items can ultimately get caught in the lawnmower, causing issues with the operation and dulling the blades.

Get The Rake Out

Before you begin any tactics to try and get the grass growing faster, use your rake to get up as much of the dry grass, leaves, branches, and other dead material from within the blades of grass. This material stops the healthy grass from getting the sun and nutrients needed to grow. Do this regularly to keep the lawn neat and encourage the nutrients to get right down into the soil.

Add Mulch to Garden Areas

Adding mulch or wood chips to your garden area can help prevent the plants you put in from getting too much moisture. The mulch holds on to moisture and nutrients so the dirt can soak these elements up when needed without being totally saturated in water. This balance encourages better plant growth.

Mow at Pre-Selected Times

Many homeowners mow the lawn based on their availability, whenever they notice that it’s getting a little long, or on their day off from work. But believe it or not, it’s better to schedule your lawn mowing days at regular intervals and try to stick to this schedule. When you mow the grass shouldn’t be an arbitrary decision if you want to encourage healthy growth over time. Cutting the grass in time is important to eliminate old, dry portions on top of the grass and let the new growth reach the surface to absorb sun and nutrients. For the first month to six weeks of spring, mow the grass every five to six days if possible. This keeps the grass at the ideal length and stops the root from stunting and failing to take hold properly all season long.

With the proper care and maintenance, your yard can be beautiful starting in spring through to summer and fall, letting you spend as much time outside as possible. A lifestyle that incorporates plenty of fresh air and sunshine can benefit your physical health and mental well-being.