Lawn Care

Spring Lawn Care Considerations

With spring comes the time for giving extra attention to your lawn. Spring serves as a sensitive season; the plants become tender, the soil turns spongy while the weather is completely unpredictable. Our spring lawn care considerations will help rejuvenate your lawn all throughout the season. In this article, you will find great spring lawn care tips for lawn care and maintenance, including aeration, fertilization, spring lawn cleanup, and pest control.

Lawn Cleanup

It is recommended to avoid heavy lawn work in the spring until the soil becomes completely dry. This is because hard raking and foot tracking may affect soggy soil and radically damage new tender grass shoots. Once the lawn soil is all dry, go for a thorough spring cleaning to help the growth of grass and to combat pests and weeds. Remove all fallen debris and leaves and perform mowing carefully as needed. If you are living in an area with frequent and heavy snowfall, then the leftover snow piles accumulating underneath the grass can accelerate mold growth. As spring comes, spread these piles out by using a shovel so that they can melt.

Pest Control

Spring is an ideal time to control pests and weeds. Pre-emergent pest control that prevents pests and weeds seeds from growing is both an effective and easy option. The first application of this herbicide should be done as soon as the forsythia bushes finish blooming for the season. This should combat pests, weeds, and crabgrass before they get a favorable condition to grow. Pest prevention in the spring also helps to stop mold growth in both the warm and cool seasons. Pre-emergent herbicides usually work for around 3-4 months, so you should plan its second application accordingly.

Fertilization

Lawn fertilization in the spring helps the lawn grow to be lush and thick. The timing and method of the lawn fertilization is largely based on the kind of grass you have.

  • Cool-weather grasses:

    Spring is the best time to fertilize the lawn. Spring lawn fertilization helps foster grass growth, especially in regions vulnerable to droughts. To improve your lawn’s condition, fertilize it lightly with a balanced slow-release fertilizer. The heavier fertilizing should be done in fall when cool-weather grasses grow heavily.

  • Warm-weather grasses:

    You should fertilize your lawn in the late spring as soon as your lawn “greens up” and starts growing rapidly. The ideal months are April and May. It can also be done right after the last frost.

Lawn aeration

Spring is the best time to control the growth of your lawn. This process can be as simple as making holes in the soil at various places (also called spiking). For the lawns faced with heavier lawn growth, core aeration is recommended. In this process, deep raking is done in fall to remove most of the lawn thatch. Lawn aeration lets fertilizer and water penetrate into the roots by splitting up compacted soil.

In cases of more severe thatch problem (i.e. 3-4 inch think or over), we recommend using a vertical mower. Alternatively, a pro lawn service can also be hired to do lawn aeration.

Spring is the time to enjoy the beauty of your lawn. We hope these tips will be helpful to keep your lawn grow lush and green this season.

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Spring Lawn Care

After a long, cold Utah winter, spring is a relief to everyone along the Wasatch Front. More sun brings your family and pets outdoors, but with spring also come cleaning and chores. If you want a lush, healthy lawn in the summer, Sure Green Lawn Care offers services to help you prepare for more sun and fun.

Spring Yard Cleaning

Months of snow and ice leaves loose debris around your lawn. Sure Green can assist you by cleaning your yard before you dig into more complex tasks. There are several steps to clean your lawn completely before spring really hits.

Remove debris, like fallen branches and twigs to make room for any lawn equipment that may comb through your grass. Dead leaves, twigs and old loose compost have to go too. A simple comb over with a rake can remove these from your area. Sure Care can also prune and trim shrubbery around your home after months of harsh winter weather. Once your lawn is clear and clean, you’re ready to fertilize and plant.

Pre-Emergent Fertilizer

Once the spring hits, pesky dandelions and crabgrass is a common eyesore. Pre-emergent fertilizer is one of the best methods to prevent weeds from sprouting on your lawn later in the season. Sure Green can apply pre-emergent fertilizer to your lawn to prevent unwanted plants from germinating and spouting.

Keep in mind, pre-emergent is not ideal for all lawns. If you plant new grass seed this season, avoid this mixture to keep the grass you want alive. These strong chemicals can kill new grass seed if you lay it down too early. However, some grass seeds aren’t effected by pre-emergent, so be sure to check the labeling or talk to your Sure Green Lawn Care professional
It’s essential that the pre-emergent is spread evenly through your lawn and watered evenly. Check our page on sprinkler care and maintenance. Your Sure Green professional can guide you on maintaining your weed-free lawn.

Aeration

Your lawn needs to breathe and thaw after a long, harsh winter. Lawn aeration ensures a happy and healthy spring lawn by creating small holes in the ground. Sure Green Lawn Care’s aeration makes way for helpful flora and fauna and reduces soil compaction so your grass can also lay long roots underground. This ensures a healthy lawn for years to come. Compacted soil is an obstacle for rainwater and sprinkler irrigation. See our page on lawn aeration services for more information.

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Tips to Keep Your Lawn Looking Great All Season

So you want a your lawn to look and be as luscious as they come? We don’t blame you. After all, it’s your pride and joy, and there’s some great satisfaction that comes from having a beautiful manicured lawn. It can be overwhelming trying to learn everything one must do to get the results your neighbor, the lawn fanatic, is getting. That’s why we’re here to help. In order to achieve the best results, you’ll need to stay on top of each category we discuss, but in the end, we hope you’ll find it’s worth it.

Fertilizing

One of the biggest differences between the average lawn you see while driving down the street, and the green, luscious lawn everyone wishes was theirs, is whether or not the lawn is being fertilized, and how. The nutrients available in your soil aren’t enough to give your lawn the premium results most people are looking for. This is where fertilizer comes in. Starting in the early spring, and ending in mid to late fall, you’ll want to put on as many as five high quality fertilizer applications. Your first application should include crabgrass control to prevent any annual grassy weeds from invading your lawn. This application should be applied no later than the end of April for best results. Each application thereafter should be spaced about 6 to 7 weeks apart. The last treatment in the fall is considered a winterizer, and will help the grass green up faster during the upcoming spring.

Watering

Well all of this fertilizing is great, but without proper watering, your lawn may will fall short of the results you’re looking for. It may surprise you how much water your lawn actually needs. During the spring and fall, your lawn needs 1 inch of water per week, and during the summer, up to 2 inches depending on how hot it gets.

Because every lawn has a different sprinkler system, you’ll have to measure the sprinkler water output in order to properly set the sprinkler system. One way to do this is to take 5 or 6 soup, or tuna cans (make sure they’re all the same size), and place them out randomly throughout your lawn. Next, turn your sprinklers on for a regular timed cycle, and afterwards take the average water level of all of the cans to get the water output on your lawn. Multiply this amount by the number of cycles you go though each week and adjust your cycle times to give your lawn 1 inch of water each week.

While it may seem like a good idea to water your lawn daily, it’s actually best to limit your watering to 2-3 times per week. Doing this lengthens your sprinkler cycles, putting out more water each cycle, allowing for the water to sink deeper into the soil. Deeper watering means deeper grass roots, which in turn will give you a healthier lawn.

It’s also important to water your lawn at the proper time. It may seem like a good idea to water your lawn at night to let the grass stay wet longer, but doing so leaves your lawn more vulnerable to lawn diseases. At the same time, it’s best not to water your lawn during the middle of the day, allowing for the sun to dry up some of the water before it is absorbed by the soil. For best results, water your lawn early in the morning; even as early as 4:00 am.

Mowing

This part isn’t too difficult, but is still important. You should be mowing often enough so you’re not cutting off more than 1/3 of the grass blade each time. For best results we recommend setting your mower blade height to 2 1/2 to 3 inches. It also helps to have a sharp mowing blade. Having your mower blade sharpened annually will ensure nice clean cuts on each blade of grass. Grass blades cut with a dull blade are torn instead of cut, weakening the grass, leaving room for lawn diseases to move in.

Aerating

It’s normal for the soil in your lawn to become compacted over time. This happens when you, others, kids, or pets repeatedly walk on the lawn. When your soil becomes compact it becomes more difficult for the grass to grow. You may start seeing the lawn thin out, and in really compacted areas it may completely die. Core aerating removes cores from the lawn, allowing the soil to loosen up, also giving water and air easier access to the soil. We recommend aerating your lawn once a year.

Well there you go. We hope these tips help in your efforts to grow a beautiful healthy lawn.

 

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