Spring will be here before you know it. It’s time to start preparing your landscape for the fun-filled summer season ahead. Before you start prepping your yard, Swingle, the Colorado landscape experts, wants to share the do’s and don’ts of spring lawn treatments and other proactive preparations.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Spring Lawn Treatments
Spring lawn treatment – Do’s
Pre-season lawn mower check: After having the mower sit all winter long, it’s finally time to get the mower out and start preparing for the season ahead. Start by sharpening the blade. Dull mower blades can rip the blades of grass, causing the mower to work harder than it needs to and making your grass susceptible to insects and diseases.
Help the snow melt: When snow remains on your grass for an extended period of time, grass blades compact and snow mold can occur. You can prevent snow mold from occurring on your lawn by raking your lawn as soon as the snow melts. This will help break up the matted down patches of turfgrass and allows your grass to breathe – discouraging fungal growth.
Apply pre-emergent: A pre-emergent fertilizer is recommended in the spring from March to mid-April. For the best results, work with a professional to have a split application applied to your lawn. A split application will help to suppress crabgrass and weeds. Swingle uses commercial grade lawn care products that, which provides better results for your lawn all season.
Aeration: This is a must with any lawn care regimen. It’s important in helping to maintain a healthy, beautiful, green lawn. Aeration improves soil structure, creates growth pockets for new roots and maximizes water and fertilizer absorption to your lawn’s roots.
Spring lawn treatments – Don’ts
Power rake: Hand raking is one of the most important factors in getting your lawn ready for the warmer seasons ahead. However, power raking is not recommended. Power raking can remove healthy grass and can lead to bare spots throughout the lawn. Typical hand raking can help dissipate fungus such as snow mold and helps promote growth in the lawn.
Over-fertilize: Everyone wants a thick, green grass. But applying too much fertilizer can burn your lawn and/or cause your lawn to grow too quickly. The best way to fertilize your lawn is to apply a light amount in early spring and slowly increase the dose as the season goes on. Not sure what your lawn needs? A professional lawn care company can help!
Leaving the grass too long: It’s recommended that your last cut of the season be on the lowest mower setting. The same holds true for the first cut of the spring. Don’t be tempted to leave your grass high at the start. Having your mower at the lowest setting on the first cut will provide an even appearance, mulch soil plugs from your spring aeration and help remove any dead blades of grass.
The first day of spring is March 20th, keep these do’s and don’ts in mind before you start your spring yard work.