We know it is a very tempting to get out into your yard as soon as the sunshine comes back. However, it is much healthier for your soil and grass if you wait until the earth is dry and firm. Once the ground is ready, you can give your lawn the attention it deserves. To encourage grass growth and discourage pests and diseases, gently rake to rid your lawn of the leaves and separate the grass shoots allowing them to grow better.
From here you will want to water your grass. At least 1” per week is standard in order to keep your yard growing strong. Do not start mowing your lawn until it is 2” or taller, grass does best when you cut no more than a third of the blade’s length at a time.
Now once you have mowed your grass two or three times, it will be time to think about aeration. Aeration is typically a very helpful tool when the dirt is to compact to allow for healthy growth. The process of aeration involves puncturing the packed soil which leave small holes to allow nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeper and robust throughout the season.