As your lawn responds to nature’s spring wake-up call, help prepare it with the lawn care it needs to help it flourish for a year of healthy growth! Through doing a few basic tasks, you’ll plan your lawn to protect yourself against the surge of weeds, diseases and drought this year.
Spring raking eliminates remaining fall leaves and blades of grass that have not survived winter. Left alone, these dead blades contribute to thatch layer of your grass. Raking also loosens matted grass clumps resulting from snow mold that can smother new growth.
To remove dead grass use a spring-tine rake with a quick pull upwards. Rake when the soil is not soft and sticky, otherwise you risk pulling up crowns of healthy grass.
By overseeing fill bare or thin spots in the lawns. Late spring is the best time to keep warm season grass under control. Fall is the best time for cool-season grass, but the spot-seeding small areas in spring yield good results in colder regions. Apply a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer after you have monitored it. Apply a rapid-release nitrogen feed five weeks after oversight.
Know the causes of bare spots in lawns, how they can be avoided and how to handle them.
Aerate Vital is the remedy for compacted soil for a truly healthy lawn, aeration. How often you’re expected to aerate your lawn depends on the type of soil and how you use it. Late spring to early summer is the right time to aerate the grasses in warm season. Fall is the best time for those forms of cool season. But if you haven’t hit it last fall, in early spring you should tackle it. Know the secrets of aerating; and how to properly aerate.
Dethatch Spring is the right time to ruin the turf. Look for cool seasonal grasses in early spring and warm seasonal grasses in late spring to early summer. Write more on dethatching.
Weed If Crabgrass is an issue in your lawn, use pre-emergent herbicides to prevent seeds from germinating that fell last summer. Timing for that application is important. Most bags of goods have advice on timing of application. Read about timing of application and tips on using pre-emergent herbicides.
Using post-emergent broadleaf herbicides in warm-season lawns for perennial and annual winter weeds. Treat or dig perennial weeds as they begin to grow in cool lawns of the season, or try all-in-one weed & feed. It kills lawn weeds like Dandelion and Clover, and kills Crabgrass with pulls. Read more about herbicides pos-emerging.
Fertilize Apply spring fertilizer approximately three weeks after greening of the grass (which typically corresponds to the period of two or three mowings). Apply too early and you risk feeding weeds and producing excess of fertilizers. Too-early applications often cause lush blade growth at a time when their spring growth spurt may not have begun from roots.
The needs for irrigation from Water Spring vary by region. Start watering lawns as you have been through winter for mountain and arid desert areas, increase irrigation frequency as temperatures rise, as spring winds build in the Southwest, and if spring rainfall is low in mountain areas.
Spring rains usually provide enough moisture to awaken lawns in the North, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest states. Evite the urge of drink as a way to green up grass. When rains are low and grass shows signs of dehydration, let it green naturally and irrigate only.
Know how often your lawn gets watered.
Mow Start mowing when the soil is fully dry, and grass is long enough to allow cutting. For your form of grass, cut at the proper height. Evite too low a mowing. Too short cut grass allows sunlight to enter soil, allowing germination of weed seeds. It also favors shallow root growth, making the lawn more readily susceptible to stress from drought. Brush up your skills by revising lawn mowing rules. Know why clippings from the lawn need not be bagged.