As the snow starts to melt and patches of grass are viewable again, a feeling of spring fever starts to take over. It usually motivates people to get outside and soak up some vitamin D. Even though it isn’t quite time for gardening and excessive yard work, there are some steps you can take to care for your lawn in late winter and early spring. Rentokil is here to cover them!
Best Time to Fertilize Lawn
The best time to actually fertilize your grass is during the fall season. If you have missed fertilizing in this season, you should split it up and fertilize twice lightly in the early spring. Be sure you aren’t fertilizing your grass until it is actively growing. This usually happens by the time mid-April rolls around. Apply the second application about six weeks later.
How Long Should I Wait to Water My Lawn
It might be tempting to water your grass as soon as you see it starting to green back up, but it is best to hold off a little longer. Usually, the late winter/early spring offers enough moisture with snowmelt and rainfall, that your grass will have all the moisture it needs. Wait until the weather gets warmer and the air is hot and dry. Your grass will grow deeper roots if you don’t overwater and will be healthier that way.
Give Your Grass a Short Cut in Early Spring
During the summer, you want to avoid cutting your grass too low in order to keep it nice and green. However, as you start to see it getting green in the early spring, this is a good time to give it a nice short cut. Get rid of that brown top and your grass will be able to get the sunlight needed to jumpstart the growing season.
Seeding Bare Spots in Lawn; Apply Extra Seed to Fill in Bare Grass Patches
Everyone notices bare patches in their lawn after the snow melts. The best time to put a bunch of seeds on those areas is during the fall, but in the early spring, you can squeeze in some over-seeding as well. This will work best if it is done in conjunction with aeration. Once the temperature reaches 50 degrees the seed is able to germinate.
Start Slow When It Comes to Working with the Soil
To avoid soil compaction problems, don’t be in a hurry to work the soil in your yard. When you wait until your grass is actively growing to work the soil aggressively with a rake, you won’t break away any new growth from its roots. Working the soil too soon can also give weeds a jumpstart as well.
When Do You Put Out Pre Emergent to Prevent Crabgrass & Other Weeds
Pre-emergent herbicide is an important tool in any effective weed management program, but proper timing of applications can be tricky. For example, early spring is a great time for pre-emergent to be applied to your lawn to prevent summer annuals such as crabgrass but applied too early or too late and it won’t be nearly as effective. Rentokil Care can develop a customized weed control strategy designed specifically for your lawn!
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