Maintaining a good lawn is really a yearlong practice. While the deep winter may not be a time of year where there is much to do in regard to lawn care, the end of winter can be an important time for getting things set up for the growing season. There are several steps that can be taken in February that will help to get you started on your lawn care plan. Following these steps now can make a major difference in the results that you will see in the quality of your lawn for the rest of the year.
Aerate Your Soil
Aerating the lawn can be a good way to promote healthy grass and a strong root system. When the soil gets compacted, or the surface grass is too dense, it can inhibit the flow of water and prevent access to air for the roots. Aeration helps to restore this flow and it can make for a much healthier and more attractive lawn. If you don’t own any aeration equipment, there are several different pieces that you can buy at your local hardware store. Additionally, lawn care services do offer aeration treatment and their knowledge of lawn growth will enable them to apply the treatment more effectively.
Mow Old Grass Low
If you have a warm season variety of grass, then you need to cut the old grass down low. If you see that your grass is brown and thatched, cutting it down will help to improve growth and prevent disease. The heavy thatch can restrict the ability of water to reach the roots, so this is another step that will help to keep the root system strong. Additionally, this will help more sun to reach the soil and this will help the grass to start greening. Depending on the type of grass that you have, you will want to cut it down to about 1-inch to a half an inch.
The end of winter and early spring will be the best time of year to combat weeds. There are several pre-emergence lawn treatments that can effectively stop weeds from growing in the lawn. Essentially, how they work is by forming a barrier at the top of the soil that prevents the weeds from sprouting. Applying a treatment like this early in the year will significantly reduce the problems that a lawn has with weeds and make for a healthier lawn. If you wait until after the weeds gave already begun to sprout, then the steps that you use to fight them are very likely to also cause damage to the turf, so getting ahead of the weeds is very important.
Prepare Your Lawn Mower
Your lawn mower is obviously one of the most important lawn care tools that you own. Making sure that it is in good working order before the warm weather starts is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy lawn. Get the blades on the mower sharpened to ensure that it will provide a nice clean cut, and give the mower a tune up. A poorly maintained mower will not only have a shorter operating life, but it can also cause damage to the lawn. Keeping sharp blades is especially important because dull blades provide rougher cuts and tears, and this can expose the grass to disease and damage the overall health of the lawn.
Clean Out Thatch
Thatch is that layer of old brown grass that can build up on a lawn. It is very common for a lawn to have a layer of thatch on the top at the end of winter, but you need to remove this layer to ensure that the root system is getting all of the nutrients and water that it needs. Before the really warm days of spring begin, it can be a good idea to remove all of the thatch from your lawn.
These are just some basic tips that can help any lawn to have a better year. Depending on the type of grass that you may have and the environmental conditions on the property, there are several things that you can do to prepare your lawn for spring. The lawn care experts at Fischer Environmental are dedicated to helping our clients to have the best lawns that they possibly can. Contact us today for more information about our lawn care program and to learn more about how we can develop a lawn care strategy that is designed specifically for your lawn.
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