Your lawn will respond to the spring awakening call by nature, so make sure you provide it with the proper lawn care to ensure healthy growth. You can prepare your lawn for this year’s drought, diseases, and weeds by doing a few lawn care chores.
Spring Lawn Care Steps
Spring raking is used to remove any lingering autumn leaves or grass blades that have not survived winter. These dead blades can cause your lawn to lose its thatch layer if left alone. Also, raking can loosen snow mold-caused clumps in your grass that can choke off new growth.
To remove dead grass, use a spring-tine or spring-tine rake that has a strong upward pull. You should not rake soil that is too soft or muddy to avoid pulling up healthy grass crowns.
Another lawn care Conway SC tip is overseeding. Overseed lawns that are bare or lacking in nutrients. The best time to oversee warm-season grass is late spring. Cool-season grass is best when it’s cool. However, in colder areas, you can spot-seed small areas in spring to get good results. Apply a slow-release fertilizer to overseed the area. After five weeks, apply a quick release nitrogen fertilizer.
Know more about the causes and treatment of bare spots on lawns.
Aeration is essential for healthy lawns. The soil type and the use of your lawn will determine how often you need to aerate it. Warm-season grasses should be aerated in the late spring or early summer. Cool-season varieties should be aerated in autumn. If you missed it last fall you can still tackle it in the spring. You may also reach out to lawn maintenance experts for help.
The best time to trim turf is in spring. For cool-season grasses, dethatch turf in the spring and warm-season grasses in the spring.
Apply pre-emergent herbicides if crabgrass is an issue in your lawn. This will prevent seeds from germinating that were dropped last summer. This application requires careful timing. Many product bags include advice on application timing. Find out about the application timing of pre-emergent herbicides and how to use them.
Warm-season lawns can be treated with broadleaf herbicides that are post-emergent. You can either dig or treat perennial weeds when they first appear in cool-season grasses, or you can try 5 In1 Weed and Feed. It pulls out Crabgrass and kills lawn weeds such as Clover and Dandelion.
Three weeks after the grass begins to green, add grass fertilizer for spring. This usually corresponds with the time between two and three mowings. You risk fertilizer runoff and feeding the weeds by applying lawn fertilizer too soon. Applying too early can also cause lush blade growth, even though roots might not be in their spring growth spurt yet.
Regions have different requirements for spring irrigation. Mountain and arid desert regions should continue to water their lawns as they were during winter. Spring winds will build in the Southwest so you may need to increase irrigation frequency if there isn’t much rain.
Spring rains are a good way to water lawns. Do not water your grass as a way to green it up. Allow it to grow naturally, and only water if there are no rains or signs of dehydration.
When the grass is sufficiently long to cut, and the ground is dry enough to mow, you can start mowing. You should cut at the right height for your grass type. Do not mow too low. Cut grass too short can allow sunlight to reach the soil and encourage weed seeds to germinate. This also encourages shallow root development which makes lawns more susceptible to drought stress. Learn the basics of lawn mowing. You don’t have to bag your lawn clippings.
Call Conway Lawn Care Service now if you need help in taking care of your lawn this spring.