Spring Lawn Renovation

How to renovate and revitalize your dormant lawn in SIX easy steps!

1. De-thatch or Power Rake! The purpose behind power raking is to remove the top layer of thatch from your grass. Some thatch is ok, but too much of it (more than ½”) will cause your grass to root into the thatch vs into the soil.

2. Aerate! Soil naturally compacts over time. Aeration allows nutrients, air, and water to reach your lawns roots. It will also help to remove a small amount of thatch. 

3. Check your sprinklers! Is everything working properly? Is your grass getting ample coverage in all areas, and not too much coverage in others?

4. Check for bare spots! If you have areas of your yard which are completely bare:
  • Break up the existing soil in the ground with a rake.
  • Add a grass seed. Chose the best seed for your area (shade, high traffic, etc).
  • Apply LawnDiggity.
  • Cover with a nutrient-rich topsoil. Topsoil should be generously applied to all dead, thin or areas that don’t look healthy. The topsoil will look like small wood chips, and this is exactly what your lawn needs. It should be spread about 1 inch thick. Pro tip: when applying, flip your metal rake over with the prongs facing the sky. Use the top, flat portion of the rake to smooth out any clumps of topsoil and ensure it is evenly spread in the affected areas.

5. Apply a weed pre-emergent! It is best to get ahead of weeds before they germinate, sprout, or spread from your neighbors’ yard. LawnDiggity does have weed abatement in it, however, you may need an extra boost in the early season. Pro-tip: find a weed preventer that attaches to your hose. This will help safeguard against over application and is easier to apply.
6. Apply an insect repellent! Similar to the application of a good weed pre-emergent, it’s best to apply an insect repellent early in the season. Pro tip: find an insect repellent that attaches to your hose. This will help safeguard against over application and is easier to apply.