Spring Clean-up for Healthy Lawns = Lawns Properly Prepared for Patterning
Mid-way through spring in Wisconsin, the temperatures continue to fluctuate and cold, rainy stretches continue to plague. While the rainy weather is not conducive to outdoor enjoyment just yet, properly prepared lawns from diligent spring clean-ups and other important processes, such as core aeration, are poised to reap long-term benefits from our Spring wet season. The spring clean-up of clearing debris, raking up snow mold patches, aeration, fertilizing, etc. builds the foundation for a showcase lawn all summer long.
While any homeowner appreciates a healthy lawn, true lawn enthusiasts tend to go the extra mile to ensure the optimal health of grass in preparation for the highly anticipated outdoor months. Lawn enthusiasts not only appreciate a blue-ribbon lawn, they tend to spend the extra time carefully grooming, trimming, and yes, patterning their lawn, truly creating a neighborhood showcase. Much as a professional athlete needs to properly fuel the body for optimal performance, the time and energy expended on planning and maintaining a beautifully groomed lawn, one that complements thoughtful landscaping, will be greatly inflated unless grass health is built and established early on.
The process of lawn striping involves a special attachment to a lawn mower that actually bends the blades of grass to create patterns. The effect of the stripes or patterns that is seen is actually created by light reflecting off the individual grass blades. The process of “bending the grass blades” has no damaging effect on the grass; however, grass that is not strong and healthy will not respond well to the bending process, and thus will have difficulty in holding the pattern. The result of lawn striping on a healthy lawn: an eye-catching, professional looking lawn, the pride of the neighborhood, and immediate upgrade from an ordinary yard trim.
Lawn care experts caution about cutting and grooming your lawn early in the spring, avoiding heavy yard work until the soil fully dries out from the snow melt and recurring heavy rains we’ve endured this past month in Wisconsin. Basically, start mowing the grass when it needs it, but start conservatively, cutting no more than a third of the blade’s length at a time, every 10 days to 2 weeks. By the end of May, mowing should begin weekly or every 5 days. Special lawn care maintenance, such as lawn striping, is optimal on grass with a longer cut, allowing for more bend to the blade. Within the next few weeks, all well-tended lawns will be ready for their transformation into a showcase yard.