Spring is a great opportunity for garden owners to get their lawns ready for the summer months. Make sure your lawn is weed-free and beautiful. Check out these spring lawn care tips for a healthy and thriving garden.
To begin your early spring care routine, clean the lawn of any debris, get rid of the weeds, and add what you can to your compost pile. Prepare your lawn to support the healthy growth of plants throughout this season.
Use a rake to remove dead leaves and grass that didn’t survive winter. Raking loosens the matted grass clumps and promotes the growth of new grass. Avoid raking your lawn when soil is not soft and muddy, or you will pull up healthy grass crowns.
Trimmed and dead grass settle on the ground and obstruct the germination of seeds. This also promotes the growth of fungus and becomes a breeding ground for pests. Dethatch the clippings with a good quality lawn rake and prepare the lawn for sowing grass.
Once your lawn is cleaned up, add a mixture of fertilizers and pesticides to curb the growth of weeds and facilitate the healthy growth of grass. Carefully monitor the growth of the lawn and take precautions while adding fertilizer to the soil. Fertilizers should be applied early in the season when the turf begins to grow. Make sure to go through the instructions to understand the application of the fertilizer and how much water should be used after applying it. Timing is the key when administering herbicides.
If you experience regular weed growth in your lawn, consider applying pre-emergent herbicides in addition to fertilizers. Pre-emergent herbicides reduce the growth of weeds before the growth of seedlings by forming a cover that prevents germination. Make sure not to do core aeration post the application of herbicides since this can reduce its effectiveness.
Monitor your lawn to check the growth of dandelions. Consider snapping the flowers before they produce seeds or take them out completely. Alternatively, you may choose to spray dandelion weeds with post-emergent fertilizers, which is more effective in the fall. You should select a herbicide designed for broad-leaf weeds in case you choose to spray in spring.
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