Is your spring lawn care goal to have a greener and healthier lawn? Well, spring is the perfect time to put that plan into action! If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry! Here are 3 spring lawn care tips that will get you to the other side – the green side, to be exact.
Now that we’re dealing with warmer weather, you can actually spend the afternoon out. It’s time to get rid of your lawn and garden of weeds before they have the chance to grow and ruin your lawn. Removing weeds early is much more effective for keeping them out of your beautiful garden or lawn. You can have our lawn care specialists remove the weeds for you and prepare your lawn for the spring!
If you know your lawn is prone to weeds, now, since it’s early spring, is the time to apply herbicides to prevent further weeds from developing. It’s much easier and more effective to get rid of persistent weeds before they have a chance to form than to deal with them once they have fully matured.
If you properly fertilized in the Fall, there’s no need to apply another layer of fertilizer in the Spring. Cool season grasses, in particular, are good at grasping on to fertilizer from the fall and using it all winter. However, if you have warm season grass then applying a fresh layer of fertilizer during the spring would be good because they begin to soak up the nutrients as soon as the weather gets warmer.
So if you’re fertilizing during the spring then a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer is best. However, no more than a pound of nitrogen should be spread per 1,000 square feet. Fertilizer should not be applied too early or late because the lingering cold or early heat can stress the grass.
A healthy lawn needs soil with a balanced pH level, usually between five to seven, depending on your type of grass. If your pH level is too high, you can add sulfate with a broadcast spreader. But if your pH level is too low, you can add lime the same way. Testing your soil is a great way to prepare your lawn for the summer.
If you live in an area with a harsh and long winter, then your soils’ pH level is likely acidic and will have difficulty thriving. So if your soil has a high acidic level then add a thin layer of lime over your lawn. The lime neutralizes the acid and makes the soil better able to support new grass growth.