Mild weather is already upon us, and that means spring is coming early! This also means that your lawn needs to be prepped for warmer temperatures as soon as possible. Here are the steps you need to take to ensure lush regrowth and a beautiful lawn come with Spring.
Making sure your lawn is well-aerated is vital to allow air and water to reach the roots deep within the ground. By creating holes with an aerator, fertilizers can settle in and essential nutrients can penetrate into where they’re needed the most.
Fertilization allows lawns to grow a dense and lush turf that can overcome most weeds. On the other hand, when your lawn has bare spots and thin grass, weeds can easily take root and grow. Any areas of weak turf can also allow room for crabgrass to make its presence known. By fertilizing properly, there will be ample nutrients to promote root growth in order to fend off weeds and pests. As a best practice for healthy lawns as well as the environment, only fertilize when your lawn has started actively growing.
During springtime, cool-season grasses grow quickly, including Fescue, tall Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, and Ryegrass. These grow well in cold weather and enjoy robust growth until hot weather slows them down. Then as temperatures cool in the fall, the grass resumes its growth. Fertilizing these cool-season grasses during Springtime will help them build up a reserve to endure the summer heat.
Watering involves a tricky balance of neither watering too much nor too little. Turf grasses tend to be thirsty and need adequate moisture to grow strong and healthy roots. However, over-watering can lead to disease and developing a susceptibility to drought.
Watering early in the spring is a key way to reduce mite damage. During the winter, mite activity drains moisture from grass and will even kill sections of a lawn. This is especially true of south and west facing lawns and areas where fences, rock walls, and structures reflect light back onto the yard. It’s important to replenish the moisture consumed by lawn mites so that your yard will green up without large dead spots.
For watering during the early spring, sprinkler systems should be set to water twice per week. Avoid over-watering and causing a runoff, as it is an expensive waste of water and is bad for the environment. However, watering too little can also prevent deep root growth because the moisture remains at the surface of the soil.
For the best results, water about half an inch of water at a time. If there’s any sloped surface, you may want to water zones twice within a short period of time to prevent water from running off instead of sinking in. Allow grass and soil to dry between watering to prevent diseases and fungi.
The best way to prevent weeds from growing is to have healthy and robust grass growth. As mentioned, fertilizing early can help to establish healthy growth before weeds start taking root. Pre-emergent herbicides can also be useful on crabgrass.
Lawns need to grow to a decent height before any mowing. Once the grass is about three inches or slightly longer, you can start mowing it. Mow it in a way where only about a third of its height is cut. Make sure you’re using a sharp blade, which helps grass to heal the cut quicker, with less water loss.
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