Spring Lawn Care Near You - Weed Control and Fertilizer
Decision Time: DIY or Hire a Professional Lawn Care Company?
Springtime is the most important season of the year to set your lawn up for success. Because we had such a mild winter this year, you may already be starting to see signs of weeds (like onion grass) popping up.
Now’s the time to take stock of your entire property. Decide whether you want to “DIY” or hire a local professional to take the hassle out of your lawn care. Consider whether you have the time to dedicate to upkeep, including the time spent at the store to purchase fertilizer, weed control, and the like.
Also consider how much “treatable turf” (square footage of grass) your property encompasses. Some homeowners will choose to focus on just their front lawn or just their back lawn, depending on factors like curb appeal and budget.
Time for Fertilizer and Weed Control!
Early Spring is the single most important time to fertilize your lawn. A slow release, bio-nutritional fertilizer promotes the most microbiological activity in the soil, jump-starting your lawn’s growth and creating a strong and healthy root system to carry it through the year. You’ll also want to treat your lawn with a pre-emergent herbicide and crabgrass control product. The herbicide will pass through the top couple of inches of the soil, creating a kind of protective barrier. As the ground continues to heat up, any weeds that do start to germinate will die once they reach the layer of soil with the pre-emergent.
Your lawn will be just starting to emerge from dormancy, so now’s the perfect time assess for “depressions” or compaction in the grass where puddles are forming. Some of these low spots may need to be filled in with grass seed or addressed with Core Aeration later in the year. Get your lawn ready for the warm weather to come by raking up any leaves and removing branches (and other debris) left over from the winter. Watering in the Spring
While it can be tempting to begin watering in the early spring, in the northeastern United States, there’s typically enough rainfall to keep your lawn healthy. An easy way to check is by taking a few steps on your lawn. If your footprints quickly disappear, the grass already has enough moisture and you can put off watering until the dryer summer months.
Spring Mowing Strategies When you’re ready to cut your lawn for the first time in the Spring, check your mower blade to make sure it’s sharp. A dull blade can damage the lawn, creating uneven, torn and jagged grass that’s susceptible to disease. Remember to follow the “one third rule”; never mow greater than one third of the blade of grass in one session. Cutting too short or too quickly (known as “scalping”) can weaken your lawn, leading to disease and weeds. Instead, over the early weeks of spring, you should gradually reduce the grass length until you arrive at your desired look.
Beyond Your Lawn
In addition to your lawn, Spring is also the best time to evaluate your entire property. Do you have trees and shrubs that need maintenance such as pruning? Is there evidence of any insects or pests around your home that could become a bigger problem if left untreated? Think of your property as its own “micro-ecosystem”, where each type of plant, tree, and shrub has an effect on the others, as they each come in and out of season.
The most important rule of thumb? If you neglect spring lawn care, you will pay for it the rest of the year. To save yourself the time and hassle, as well as take the guesswork of out fertilizer and weed control formulas, reach out to your local lawn care professionals.