Spring Lawn Care Tips
With the return of spring is also the the return of time spent working in the yard. Whether you see this is a necessary chore or as an enjoyable hobby, the key to keeping the lawn healthy is knowing what to do and when to do it so you don't have to do more than necessary. The following tips can help you get your lawn off to a good start this spring.
Tip #1: Grab Your Rake
If you didn't rake thoroughly in fall, or if more debris collected over winter, grab a rake in late winter or early spring, before the lawn begins to green back up. A lawn or leaf rake is the tool of choice. Use it to rake the entire lawn, collecting sticks, leaves, and excess thatch (dead grass). Once this is collected and disposed of, your grass will be able to get more moisture and sunlight, so it should begin greening right up.
Tip #2: Prepare Your Lawn Mower
You shouldn't mow your lawn until it is evenly green and the ground is dry enough so the wheels won't sink and cause ruts. But that is no reason not to get the mower ready. Take the blades into a mower shop and have them sharpened – sharp blades won't damage or rip out grass. You should also change the filters and oil. Once the ground dries and your grass has grown a couple of inches, mow your lawn a little lower than you usually do to cut off the brown tops.
Tip #3: Schedule Necessary Treatments
Your spring treatments and spraying services depends on what you did last fall. If you performed a fall fertilization, you probably won't need any fertilizer sprays until early summer. If you skipped fall or aren't sure if it was done (perhaps you bought a new house), a nitrogen-rich fertilizer spray is usually sufficient. The spray service, like Turfcare Unlimited Lawn Spray Service, can also test the soil to determine if there are any specific mineral deficiencies that need addressed.
Tip #4: Begin the Weed Battle
The simplest way to eradicate weeds is to never allow them in. Have a lawn spray applied that battles the most common weeds in your area. In spring, use a combination of a pre-emergent herbicide and a broad-spectrum post-emergent weed killer. One will get weeds before they germinate, while the other will take care of any early emerging weeds. Depending on the weed stress in your lawn, you may need to set up a regular schedule of lawn spraying. Often, weed control can be combined with fertilizer treatments.