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Spring Squill Planting Tips: Growing Spring Squill Flowers
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
The spring squill flower is in the asparagus family and grows from a bulb. What is spring squill? Click to learn more.
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Raking is the first thing you need to do when getting your lawn ready for new growth. You probably think, "But, my trees had no leaves falling for months. Why?" Even if you did a phenomenal job of raking leaves in the fall, you still have to contend with thatch. If you are unfamiliar with it, thatch is the layer of mainly dead turfgrass tissue lying between the green vegetation of the grass above and the root system and soil below. This layer, if it becomes too thick (1/2 inch or more), can be bad for the health of your grass. Thatch is why you should rake deeply when raking leaves in the fall.
You still need to rake in the spring, no matter how good a job you did in the fall. You need to remove the grass blades that died over the winter. You do not want that dead grass turning into thatch.
Another good reason for a spring raking is you can find matted patches of lawn. If you inspect carefully and notice the grass blades are all stuck together, a lawn disease called snow mold may be to blame. New grass may have difficulty penetrating these matted patches, and raking can solve this problem.