Bob Vila Radio: Spring Lawn Preparation

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Mar 17, 2015 12:58 PM

There’s nothing like a beautiful green lawn to make your house look great. Now that spring is here, it’s time to get your lawn ready for its big debut.



Listen to BOB VILA ON SPRING LAWN PREPARATION or read the text below:

First, walk around your yard and find the problem areas—you may need to aerate your lawn if it’s become compacted, remove thatch that’s blocking water and nutrients from reaching the roots of the grass, or build up low spots with topsoil.

This is also the time to prevent summer weeds by putting down pre-emergent herbicides. You don’t have to use toxic chemicals to keep the weeds away—apply corn gluten meal now, before weeds germinate, to stop them in their tracks. Give the corn gluten meal plenty of water to activate it. Don’t seed until at least five or six weeks after you’ve done the corn gluten meal treatment – that natural herbicide prevents weeds from germinating, but it will have the same effect on your grass seed if you seed too early.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on lawn care, consider:

5 Ways to a Greener Lawn
How To: Mow Your Lawn Properly
How To: Choose a Lawn Mower