Help Keep Everything in Your Backyard Healthy with this Spring Lawn Care Schedule
Trees do their best in a healthy ecosystem. As a homeowner, you'll help all your plants look their best and take full advantage of the growing season when you care for your lawn. You'll also make sure your lawn is the best looking one on the block.
By: Advanced Tree Care
Early Spring Lawn Care Schedule: apply weed control and organic matter
Early spring can still be wet and cold, but your lawn is already gearing up for the warm months ahead. Now is the time to apply weed control products.
Weeds will start growing aggressively at the same time as your lawn. Every plant is competing for resources, so applying a weed prevention product is a key part of early spring lawn care.
Instead of fertilizing, apply organic nitrogen or another organic matter product that will nourish your grass during rapid growth in early spring.
Lawns should be seeded in the fall, but if your lawn needs some seeding, consider doing this in the early spring to give your new grass a long growing season.
Mid-Spring Lawn Care Schedule: keep growth in check
As the days grow longer and warmer, your grass draws energy from the sun and water. Avoid applying traditional fertilizers at this point in the spring. You run the risk of supercharging your lawn, accelerating the growth of lush grass which can be more susceptible to disease. Consider another application of organic nitrogen or other organic, compost-based fertilizers.
Aeration should be done in mid-spring, where coring tools punch through the grass to remove plugs of soil and root matter. This process offers two benefits: it opens up the soil to take nourishment easier, and it reduces some of the thatch's thickness.
We caution against overwatering at any point in the growing season because it can reduce your growing lawn's root penetration. Later in the summer, your grass needs to depend on a deep root system to sustain it between rains or watering sessions.
Late Spring Lawn Care Schedule: mow and water deeply
Most homeowners have begun a regular mowing schedule by mid- to late spring. Keep mower blades sharp, and avoid cutting grass too short. Aim to keep the mower blade at about 2 ½ inches above the roots, and cut only 1/3 of the grass stem as you mow. Also consider leaving some grass clippings on the lawn. They're free fertilizer to help your lawn thrive.
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