The inclement weather conditions of winter makes a lawn weary. Following a few simple steps may help the lawn recover its lush green coloration and flourish. Raking, repairing damaged areas, renovating the lawn’s appearance and correct fertilizer applications restore a lawn to its pre-winter glory.
New Lawn Growth
Throughout the cold winter months, grass enters a situation of dormancy. It’ll cease growing making its general appearance become ragtag. Its insufficient growth during winter months also makes it more prone to damage from freezing, drainage issues and snow accumulation. To ensure that the grass to flourish and grow correctly, winter months damage must be fixed.
Before undertaking spring lawn care, allow the region to dry out. A damp or soggy lawn can sustain damage when cultivated. The roots will undoubtedly be easily pulled from the soil and the blades bent or broke. When the lawn has dry out, it should be thoroughly raked to greatly help aerate the soil. Raking will remove accumulated winter debris. It may also start the soil and the grass blades to produce air circulation. Good air circulation around the crown of the plants and each blade of grass may help prevent fungal problems from developing. A fundamental hard tine rake works adequately to greatly help remove dead grass plants and lawn debris or a lawn vacuum or leaf blower for larger lawns can assistance with larger lawns.
Moss and thatch buildup can occur from the long winter months. A lawn that suffers excessive thatch or moss buildup may benefit from a scarification treatment. Scarification should not take place if there is still any threat of spring frosts. Consider performing scarification in mid-April or later. If the lawn has excessive moss, use a moss killer two to three weeks before scarification. The lawn should really be newly mown and moderately wet to successfully scarify it. Make use of a hand spring bok rake or a powered scarifier. The goal is to tear up the thatch, dead grass plants and any weeds. The grass will often suffer extensive visual damage after scarification. If bare patches occur, consider patching the areas by reseeding.
Spring is the perfect time to deal with pending weed. In regions where crab grass is a problem, apply a pre-emergence crabgrass weed killer to the lawn during the very first weeks of April. Avoid using a crabgrass weed killer which has fertilizers. Fertilizing the lawn too early may cause a weak root system. After applying the pre-emergence weed killer Co, water the lawn with about 1/2 inch of water. Mowing the lawn to a height of 2 inches may also help control spring weeds. Crabgrass seeds begin to germinate once the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit so treatment with a pre-emergence weed killer may help stop the seeds from germinating.
Fertilizing in the spring replenishes the grass plant’s food supply. The fertilizer will encourage the grass to develop healthy, new growth and a powerful root system. A satisfactory, balanced fertilizer can provide a thick lawn that will have a way to easier combat weeds by choking them out. Apply fertilizer once the grass begins to show signs of breaking dormancy. Grass roots will grow once the temperature is between 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Its top growth will develop once the temperature reaches 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Never fertilize a lawn too early in the spring because the new growth may suffer damage in case a late spring frost should hit. Make use of a balanced spring lawn fertilizer and avoid high-nitrogen mixes. A high-nitrogen based lawn fertilizer will encourage the lawn to grow and create a deep green coloration but a shallow root system. The shallow roots will struggle to withstand a summer drought.
Apply fertilizer applications to the lawn in mid-May. Make use of a fertilizer that provides at least 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn space. The fertilizer label will often have general application guidelines. After applying the fertilizer, be sure to saturate the lawn to prevent the grass blades from sustaining damage from the fertilizer. Nitrogen can burn grass blades. A slow release nitrogen fertilizer has minimal possibility of accidentally harming the grass.
New Season Overseeding
If the lawn suffers from bare spots or a patchy appearance it may benefit from spring seeding. Lawn seeds will not germinate before the soil reaches 65 degrees Fahrenheit, so avoid seeding the lawn if it remains too cold. The ideal time and energy to overseed a preexisting lawn is usually after mid-April. Seed Kentucky bluegrass at a rate of 1.5 pounds per 1,000 square feet, use 3 pounds of fine fescue grass seeds per 1,000 square feet or use 6 pounds of tall fescue per 1,000 feet. Spreading straw mulch over the newly laid seeds will help to keep them from blowing away and may also help to keep the seeds moist. Regularly water the newly laid seeds and avoid letting them dry out. The seeds require even moisture to successfully germinate. Usually one bale of straw per 1,000 feet will adequately protect the seeds. When seeding a lawn in the spring, consider using a starter fertilizer which has Tupersan in order to avoid a crabgrass infestation.
Look Forward To A Green Lawn All Year
With only a little spring care, a lawn can look amazing by summer. It may also help prepare the lawn for the next winter by encouraging it to generate a strong, deep root system and store valuable nutrients.