If you're stressed out about keeping your yard clear, just be thankful you're not Roscoe Craighead.
Craighead is the head groundskeeper at Blue Hills Golf Club in Roanoke. His job; make over four miles of golf course look pristine.
He gave some quick tips on how to spruce up your lawn that may help you if you're not satisfied with how things are looking quite yet.
Roscoe Craighead has been at Blue Hills for 37 years; he knows his turf and recommends you do the same. Figure out where drainage would be a problem, which spots don't get as much sun, etc.
Knowing your turf means knowing your soil. Roscoe Craighead says often times the soil is at the root of the issue and he recommends getting a soil sample reading, "It'll tell you everything that's in there, it'll tell you if you're high or low. Whether it be copper, whether it be iron, whether it be salt, it'll tell you what you need to do," Craighead said.
Clean and repair: If you have a problem area, make sure you get to it sooner rather than later.
Try to clean it up if you can, rake around it. Also be wary of where some of the inconsistencies in your lawn may be, drainage issues can cause big time lawn issues, so you want to try and be as level as you can, and sometimes that means grabbing a shovel and leveling things out.
Spring Planting: After you've cleaned and repaired and still noticed brown or bald spots, make sure your soil is loose and aerated, and if need be, go get your soil tested at the cooperative extension to see if there's a problem with it.
Fertilizing: Experts recommend a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer and don't overdo it. Weather finally looks like it's getting consistent in terms of temperature, so this week or this weekend is really the golden time you still have to be able to get the fertilizer down.
Mowing: Experts say too often people cut too much off when they mow. Quick rule of thumb, no matter what grass you're cutting, only trim the top third of the blades and leave the trimmings. You want to avoid direct sunlight of the soil if you can help it, and leave the clippings out, it acts as a good natural fertilizer.
"This time of year, you do have a lot of clippings because the grass is growing so aggressively. If you can stand it, leave them there, it's a source of food back for the plant," Roscoe Craighead said.