Awww….. Spring has come. It’s the time when the sun stays warm, the breeze chills, and the lawnmowers fill the air. House owners in America spend about $6.4 billion a year on lawn care. They buy seed, fertilizer, herbicide, lawnmowers, and string trimmers. They buy pieces of equipment to create the ideal lawn: a lush, green expanse of grass that feels cool between the toes.
Lawn maintenance during the summer results in the start of a healthy summer. Winter alters the pH level in the soil and compact the soil. It creates friendly conditions to weeds and disease. At the beginning of the season, you need cleaning, fertilizing and mowing.
Here are five tips that will help you to prepare your lawn for spring
Spring is the best season to maintain to your lawn. With these 5 steps, you can prevent your lawn from overtaking with weeds or stressed by drought, and heat.
- Remove any debris:
Make use of this season and rake up any matted areas of the lawn, which can harbor Snow Mold. Raking and removing debris will provide a better airflow throughout the turfgrass. It prevents any disease and insect infestation. New grass blades grow without any struggle.
- Applying a pre-emergent crabgrass control:
Applying pre-emergent crabgrass control is very important at the start of the spring. It must be applied before the soil temperatures reach 55-60 degrees. Once the soil temperatures are above the aforesaid degree the weed seeds will have begun to germinate. The pre-emergent will no longer be effective. Crabgrass is very difficult to get rid of once it has germinated.
- Fertilizing in the spring:
Start fertilizing your lawn from the winter slumber. It builds nutrients that will give the strength. This will support to withstand heat stress and drought through the summer months.
- Core aeration:
One of the great things that should be done to your lawn during the spring. It is a significant thing. It allows water and air to reach the root zone faster. The quick reach of air and water results in new growth and increased root development. Don’t forget! Core aerate before the soil temperature reaches 55-60 degrees during the spring. The voids in the lawn will only be an invitation to aggressive weeds seeds if the temperature goes beyond.
- Winter wreaks:
Winter wreaks our lawns; whereas spring brings in the repairs damaged by salt and snow plows. If the weather conditions favour spring is a great time to re-seed any damaged turf areas. If you are applying a pre-emergent weed control care should be taken. They are non-selective. This will prevent any seed from germinating. Turf specialists recommend holding off the crabgrass control. Hold off to the latest point as much as possible. After holding, perform the turf repairs needed as early as possible. The seeds have enough time to germinate and establish the pre-emergent being applied. Don’t skip the pre-emergent weed control. To perform any turf repairs wait until fall.