Spring Lawn Care Tips
Spring is officially here and that means everything will be in full bloom shortly. The trees, flowers, and grass will all be popping up, ready for their time to shine. Even though spring is a magical time, it’s also a time for homeowners to get their butts in gear and prep their lawns for the warmer weather to come. The good news is, if you were able to prepare your lawn properly in the fall, there shouldn’t be much work to do to prepare for spring.
We found some lawn care tips for you to use in hopes it will help you to have the most envious and luscious lawn in all of the neighborhood.
Tip #1: Water the right way
The best time to water your lawn is when it needs it. In the beginning of the season you don’t have to rush. When grass starts growing, it’s the roots that grow first. If the ground is a little dry, they grow deep into the soil. These deep roots help grass survive drought. So holding off on watering at first is actually good for your grass.
Tip #2: Fill in the blanks (seed or sod)
Don’t leave bare patches in the lawn unattended because weeds will find them. Fill in bare spots with grass seed or with a sod patch. Whichever you choose, first prepare the soil. Weed if necessary, and loosen the surface of the soil with a rake.
If you’re planting grass seed, first, sow the seeds, then cover lightly with a few handfuls of fresh topsoil and tamp the soil down. For sod, cut the patch to fit and press it firmly into the soil. Good soil contact is important for both seeds and sod.
Tip #3: Keep weeds under control
A healthy lawn resists weeds, but a few interlopers are inevitable. It only takes a few minutes to grub out dandelions or pull chickweed from the lawn. If hand weeding is not an option, look for an appropriate organic herbicide. Take a weed to your local garden shop and ask the experts for advice. Use the recommended organic herbicide only in the areas where weeds are a problem. Make sure to follow label directions as more is not always better.
Weeds compete with grass so pull them in spring before they spread or go to seed. This will eliminate the competition and help get your lawn off to a good start.
Tip #4: Don’t bag the grass after mowing
Grass clippings are a great source of nutrients for the lawn. They are full of nitrogen, which lawns need, and decompose quickly, becoming free fertilizer. Instead of bagging clippings, let your mower do the job of chopping and recycling them back into the soil.
If you prefer not to leave clippings on the lawn, catch them and toss into the compost pile. The added nitrogen from the clippings will heat up the pile, speeding the decomposition process. You can also use them as mulch under shrubs and around plants in flower beds. Spread the clippings lightly around plants to a depth of about one inch.
Tip #5: Wait to fertilize
The shelves at garden shops are stacked high with lawn fertilizers. However, no matter what type of grass you grow, spring is not the time to fertilize. Giving your lawn a dose of fertilizer in early spring will encourage rapid growth, which means you’ll have to mow sooner and more frequently. It also gives a boost to weeds.
It’s a good idea to wait until the fourth mowing to apply fertilizer to warm-season lawns.
If you would like more information, click here to read more tips from Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
We wish you the best of luck with your lawns this year!