If you have a wet lawn, make sure that you do not tear up your grass with your mower. Now that we have made it to April, temperatures will continue to warm up. Most lawns will remain wet for the next couple of weeks even if we do not see any precipitation. Frost is working its way out of the ground and snow piles are melting. If you have wet lawn with no snow piles present, it is probably because the frost disappearing and releasing moisture. As always, it is important to be careful when operating heavy equipment on a wet lawn. Ride on mowers and other lawn equipment may tear up or rut your lawn if not operated properly. Some times it is better to put eagerness aside and let your lawn dry up for a few days. If you do start operating equipment on your lawn, make sure to exercise more caution when turning your equipment around.
How to not tear up grass on a wet lawn.
If you are operating equipment such as riding mowers, make sure to make your turns wider. Allowing for more room to turn your equipment will reduce tearing grass. If you have hills, you might want to consider mowing with a push mower instead. This way if your mower slides, it will not tear up the ground as much. As always, make sure to alternate your mower lines to avoid rutting. Avoid mowing areas that consist of a lot of bare areas. Chances are the grass in these areas is weak and may get tore up easier.
If you are fertilizing, consider using a manual push spreader. Any pull behind fertilizer spreaders will just increase the chances of damaging your lawn because of the additional weight of the fertilizer. When applying fertilizer, it is important to make sure that your spread is uniform. If the weight of fertilizer in your hopper weighs your spreader down too much, consider filling your hopper only half full.