Spring is here and it’s time to start working on your lawn. Whether you’re a new or long-time homeowner, you may be wondering where to start with your spring lawn care this year. Here’s a checklist to help you get started.
Clean up your lawn
Old Man Winter leaves behind sticks, pinecones, leaves, and other debris. You need to see your lawn before you start working on it.
Use a lawn rake to clean up any debris that may have been left behind, and take a minute to evaluate your lawn. Do you have thatched areas that may need to be broken up? Is the ground compacted from winter foot or pet traffic? Do you have matted patches, that may be stuck together and have formed snow mold? This is a great opportunity to survey your lawn and rake away any of these areas that could eventually cause your lawn harm.
Early spring mowing
Once the snow melts and the ground has thoroughly dried out, and your lawn is actively growing - you’ll need to start mowing your lawn.
Experts say to mow early and often. Don’t forget to raise the deck of your mower to only take the first two inches off the top of the grass blades. Plan on mowing every five days for six weeks since your grass will be growing quickly. You don’t want your turf to get too long because it’ll stress the roots. And grass-root vitality is the secret to a healthy lawn.
Overseed bare areas
Take advantage of spring by filling in your bare spots or thin areas of lawn. Grass seed will start to germinate when grass temperatures reach 50 degrees. When overseeding, be sure to take an extra step to loosen up your soil. You can do this either by using a garden rake to loosen compacted soil, or you can have your lawn aerated. Both ways will ensure that there are places that seeds can take hold to soil and begin to form roots.
REMEMBER: You must wait until your new grass is established before applying lawn care products with weed control, otherwise you risk harming the new seedlings as lawn weed control products will not only stop the growth of new weeds, but it will stop the growth of new grass as well. A good practice is to wait until you have mowed your new grass 2-3 times before lawn care product application, but be sure to read your product label for exact instructions on when it will be safe for you to apply any lawn treatment.
Stay a step ahead of weeds in your lawn
If you have the opportunity to fight weeds before they have the chance to emerge, you will be setting your lawn up for success this season. When your forsythia shrubs start to bloom, it’s time to apply pre-emergent weed control to your lawn to stop crabgrass, dallisgrass and other grassy weeds from germinating. If broadleaf weeds have already begun to surface, you can save a few lawn care steps when you use a fertilizer that contains both pre-emergent and post-emergent weed killers.
Save time with GreenView’s Fairway Formula Spring Fertilizer Weed & Feed and Crabgrass Preventer. This product will not only provide pre & post-emergent weed control in your lawn, but it will also feed your lawn as well. This product is a 65% slow-release nitrogen formulation and features our proprietary nitrogen that provides slow, even greening for up to 12 weeks.