Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to get to all of the tasks necessary for you to have a lawn you can relax in and enjoy until fall arrives. Unfortunately, there is more to spring lawn care than simply pulling weeds and mowing the lawn.
Below are some early spring dos and don’ts that will ensure you have the best lawn in the neighborhood.
Address Lawn Disease and Pests
Do inspect your lawn to look for any dead patches of grass, which may be the result of pests, such as grubs, that have made a home in your yard over the winter. Rake up all of the dry grass and debris. After raking, aerate the lawn to encourage good air circulation around the grass roots and help prevent pests and disease.
Don’t apply pesticides, including fertilizers that have pesticides in them, unless you are sure there are pests in the lawn. Using pesticides unnecessarily can weaken the grass and may actually induce poison-resistant pests.
Conquer Dandelions and Crabgrass
Do have the soil tested to determine if it is calcium deficient, which can increase the growth of dandelions. If there is a deficiency, adding some calcium enriched soil throughout the yard should do the trick. Do use a pre-emergent herbicide to destroy crabgrass before it begins to sprout.
Don’t use weed killer to kill dandelions. They have a long taproot, which can typically escape herbicide applications. It is best to dig the dandelions out by hand to ensure you get the entire root. Dont use pre-emergent herbicides if you intend on seeding. The pre-emergent herbicide will kill all seeds, including grass seed.
When to Sod
Do lay sod in the early spring, cool weather and rain will help the sod establish easier. Sod is typically weed free, which gives it an advantage over seeding.
Don’t try to create a whole new lawn with seed in early spring. Early seeding will only increase the amount of spring weeds you will have to deal with. It’s best to wait until the fall to seed for new areas of lawn.
Do take the time to rake off any dead leaves and debris that are covering the lawn. If you choose to use a fertilizer, use a slow-release fertilizer, which releases nutrients over a longer period of time. When mowing, especially the first mow of the season, don’t mow too short. Mowing too short promotes the growth of weeds and encourages pests, such as centipedes.
Whether you need more information about which pesticide or fertilizer is best for your needs or it’s time for you to get a new mower, seeder or other lawn equipment, visit Ralph Helm Inc. Lawn Equipment Center. Our staff is always happy to help you with all of your landscaping questions and equipment needs..