We all know that spring is one of the most important seasons to perform maintenance to your lawn. In this article, we explain 5 basic steps that you can prevent your beautiful lawn from being overtaken with weeds or becoming stressed by heat.
As a first step of preparing your lawn for the spring, you need to remove any debris that has accumulated on your lawn. This is correct time to rake up any matted areas of the lawn which can harbor the snow mold.
Raking these areas and eliminating the debris will encourage the better airflow via the turf grass and prevent any disease and insect the infestation. This will also permit the new grass blades to grow without any struggle.
As a second step, you need to apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control in early spring which is very important to prepare your lawn for spring. Timing is critical as it must be applied prior to the soil temperatures reaching 55 to 60 degrees.
After this point, the weed seeds will have started to germinate and the pre-emergent will no longer be effective. An important thing to note is that the crabgrass is very difficult to get rid of once it has been terminated.
As a third step you need to go for fertilizing in the spring jump starts your lawn from its winter slumber. It gives a nutrient build up which will give it the strength to withstand the heat stress and drought through the summertime.
After that, you can need to go for core aeration which is great thing to do to your lawn in the spring season. It is vital because it permits the water and air to reach the root zone faster. It will result a new growth and increased root development of grass.
In the spring season, it is important to core aerate before the soil temperature reaches 55 to 60 degrees because after this point the void created in the lawn will only be an invitation to aggressive weeds and seeds.
As a final point the winter can wreak some havoc on your lawns and come spring there may be some repairs needed to areas damaged by salt and snow plows. If the weather condition permits the spring can be a good time to re-seed any damaged turf areas.
Whatever it is, if you are applying a pre-emergent weed control there is care to be taken. The pre-emerged weed control is non-selective, so it will prevent any seed from germinating. The turf specialists suggested that if the weather permits, hold off the crabgrass control to the latest point as possible.
Then you can perform the turf repairs needed as early as possible so that the seeds have enough time to germinate and somewhat establish prior to the pre-emergent being applied. If this is not possible, do not avoid the pre-emergent weed control. It is better to wait until fall to perform any turf repairs.