As we get closer to Spring Season, our lawns start to show signs of growth again. We need to start planning on how we can get that lush green grass we’ve always wanted.
Some people put a lot of effort and money into their lawns and it does not look any better than last year (or maybe even worse). One factor that causes this is doing the right things at the wrong time of the year, which hurts our chances of getting a great looking lawn. Having a nice lawn does not come overnight; it is something you have to work at it. Every Season of the year, we need to look and see what we need to do. Just watering your lawn a little in the Spring will not give you the lawn everyone in your neighborhood wants. Our Spring Season is where a lot of the new growth happens in our lawns. Preparing your lawn for the Spring Season does not mean wait until there is no chance of snow, but that there is little to no chance of snow. If you completed your Fall and Winter Season Lawn Maintenance Program, your Spring Lawn Maintenance Program will go smoothly. If you were not able to complete your Fall and Winter season Lawn Maintenance programs, then we start on your new lawn today!
First thing: Spring Clean-up
Everyone should have done all their heavy raking in the Fall season when most of the leaves fell from the trees which help reduce thatch buildup. Well, it is not over, in the Spring season, we need to finish the job. We need to remove all debris from our lawns, make sure you get down deep and not just take the stuff off the top. Using a garden rake or a handheld blower will work. This will greatly reduce any thatch buildup you missed in the Fall season. Additionally, it will show you any areas of our grass needs special attention. Once you removed all the debris from your lawn, it is time to ensure your lawn has a fighting chance for this year.
One common mistake homeowners do is adding too much or not enough lime on their lawns. Lime is intended to help with your PH balance and lower the acidity levels in your lawn.
So, how much lime to put down?? You need to have your soil checked annually. You can hire a company to do it for you or you can call your county agriculture extension and see what you need to do about sending them a sample. (If you sign up for our 6 application fertilizer program, it’s free.) The reports that come back to you will tell you how much lime you need. Just make sure you spread it evenly throughout your lawn.
Repairing bare spots: Overseeding
Regular seeding in the Fall Season is better since your grass will not be competing with the weeds. Spring Season overseeding is to repair any bare spots. If you plan on overseeding, then you should also think about using a fertilizer high in nitrogen with a slow release. About five weeks after overseeding, you may want to add a small amount of quick release nitrogen to your lawn which will give your new grass a great start. Just remember, adding any fertilizer to your lawn not only feeds your new grass seed; it also feeds your weeds. Fall time is great for most of your heavy fertilizing.
Weeds, Weeds, Weeds
We are trying to create a manicured lawn, so we need to get rid of the weeds or at least greatly reduce them. Pulling weeds can be hard labor and will be required to be done several times over the growing season. A one day of pulling weeds will not be enough to keep weeds out of your lawn. And who wants to give up their weekends pulling weeds.
There are 2 types of chemical weed control you can use. The first weed control is pre-emergent herbicide. Pre-emergence prevents weeds seeds from germinating later on in the Spring season, depending on the rate applied at, the pre-emergence can last from 4 months up to 7 months. If you plan on overseeding your lawn, a pre-emergence will have effects on your grass seeds as well. It will reduce the amount of seed germination if any will germinate. So be careful not to get this on your new grass seeds. The second chemical weed control is a post-emergent herbicide. A post-emergent herbicide can be applied to control all visible weeds but will not provide any long-term control of weeds during the summer. However, spring overseeding can be done approximately 3-4 weeks after the post-emergent herbicide application is done. Post-emergent herbicides will give approximately 4-6 week control on weeds but will not prevent new growth, like a pre-emergence weed application.
We are heading into the Spring Season and I did not cover all the seasons. I am planning on writing, Summer, Fall, and Winter seasons as well. We need to understand all the seasons better so you can make your lawn greener in less time. One question that always pops up is “When is the best season to start to get a well-manicured lawn”? There is no time like the present. No reason to wait around for the perfect season, the best season is the current one. So, it is time to get started on your lawn today. With that said, please do not add grass seed to your lawn and add water expecting things to change. You may have thought it was impossible to get a lush green lawn, but following these guidelines will help you greatly reduce your time needed to get there. While getting a green carpet lawn is only half the battle, keeping it is the other. Once you become the envy of the neighborhood, continue the hard work to keep your lawn maintenance program current