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Lawn Care - Spring Maintenance


Quick Tips:

1. Fertilize (warm grass) in early April
2. Fertilize (warm & cool grass) in late May
3. Dethatch and Aerate

Start your spring lawn care by with removing any debris from winter.  Follow these simple steps for a greener, healthier lawn!

Dethatch

Thatch is a layer of living and dead stems, roots and crowns that develop between the green vegetation and the soil surface. Thatch acts as a barrier to water, nutrients and air reaching the soil and should be removed to ensure a healthy lawn. The best time to dethatch a cool-season grass is early spring or early fall and warm-season grass in early summer. For small areas, use a metal rake to pull the thatch out of the lawn. For large lawns, rent a power dethatcher from your local garden center.

Aerate  

Aeration is the removal of a small core of soil or the punching of a thin hole into the soil.  Aeration provides a many benefits that lead to a healthier lawn such as improving drainage, reduces weeds, alleviates soil compaction and helps prevent thatch.  Fall or spring is the best times to aerate cool-season grass and warm-season grass between mid-spring and summer.  

Fertilize

Fertilize with an application of Milorganite in April (warm season grasses) and Memorial Day Weekend (both warm & cool season grasses). If you applied a granular pre-emergent that contained fertilizer, follow up with a Milorganite application two weeks later.

Bare Spots  

To reseed bare patches in the lawn, rake out the existing dead grass, add some top soil along with a handful of seed and Milorganite and gently rake in and water.

Mow

Proper mowing can strengthen your lawn’s resilience against pests and weeds. The best way to mow is often.  For a thriving lawn, never cut away more than one-third of the grass blade in any one mowing. 

Pre-Emergent

If necessary apply a pre-emergent herbicide for crabgrass control. Crabgrass germinates best at 59F to 65 F. It is best to wait for the soil to warm before applying pre-emergent crabgrass control.

Weeds

Remove weeds by hand, be sure to get the entire plant and root if possible.  If weeds have taken over, spot spray with a post emergent herbicide. Gardening expert, Melinda Myers, shares eco-friendly weed control tips.

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