Early Spring Tips

Helpful Springtime tips for your lawn

Preparing  

Preparing lawn for early spring 

Preparing our lawns for early spring green up should really start in late fall to early winter. A winterizer application should have been made anytime after about the second week in October. This allows the roots to take in the nutrients and store it for the following spring. As the snow melts and the temperatures begin to rise the soil temperatures also begin to warm up allowing the nutrients to start moving through the grass plant. Here are also a few other things you can do in the spring time to help promote the growth of your grass allowing it to turn greener sooner without putting on any fertilizers in January or February which in the long run is just a waste of your hard earn money.

 
   
Aeration  

Aeration

Aeration is a great service to have done on our lawns each year. This helps break down the thatch layer in our lawns and allows moisture and nutrients to be able to get to the root system easier. It allows the opportunity for worms to get air without making those annoying clumps in our lawn. It will also allow the sun to penetrate the soil to warm it up quicker allowing the grass plant to start coming out of dormancy quicker.

 
   
Mowing  

Mowing for the first time of the year

Mowing your lawn is an important step in greening up your lawn quicker in early spring. When we mow we send a message to the grass plant that it is time to grow. This first time mowing you want to drop your mower so you can not only cut some grass but to pick up any debris like leaves off your lawn. Don't lower the mower that you scalp your lawn but just low enough to "tickle" the plant. It is best to mow first then aerate then you can mow again and this will break down the aeration plugs, after that mowing raise your mower up to prepare for the summertime.  

 
   
Raking  

Raking 

Sometimes raking your lawn helps stimulate the growth of your grass. After the snow is gone the lawn has that matted down look. By lowering our mower sometimes this is good enough to pick up some of the "dead" looking grass but in most cases it is too matted down that the mower doesn't ttouch this grass, so you can take a hand rake and lightly rake those areas. We do not recommend power raking for this because most people lower the power rake so low it ends up damaging your turf and with that it can take up to a few months for the lawn to recover, the best is to lightly rake those areas and we would suggest to do this first.

 
   
Watering  

Watering

Normally we do not have to water at this time of year. The heavens are usually open enough that we receive enough moisture at least through the month of April. We should only be watering when the plants look stressed. By putting on too much water we are not just wasting the water resources we are desperate for, but it can cause a few diseases that are very hard to control such as Necrotic Ring Spot.

 
   
Patience  

Sunshine, Natures Help

Now that you have done your part in helping your lawn green up faster, there are a few more things to remember. The plants are on a timing schedule and needs warmth to grow and come out of dormancy. sometimes the year is so cold that no matter what you do your lawn doesn't green up any faster, be patient and let mother nature help in this part. Don't get too anxiuos by applying your fertilizers too early as this is just wasteful and will not promote green grass any faster than normal. 

Now after this is done you can start applying a good fertilizer with a pre emergent contol anytime after the second week in March and make sure that this application is done before the 20th of April.