Spring Lawn Care

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Quick Tips

  • Dethatch and Aerate
  • Overseed & Fill Bare Patches
  • Fertilize

Follow these simple steps this Spring for a thick, healthy, green lawn.   

Dethatch

Thatch acts as a barrier to water, nutrients and air reaching the soil and should be removed to ensure a healthy lawn. Dethatch cool-season grass in the spring and warm-season grass in early summer.  Use a metal rake in the spring to pull the thatch out of the lawn and prevent damaging new growth. 

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.  Spring or fall is the best time to aerate cool-season grass and warm-season grass between mid-spring and summer.  

Topdress with Compost

Topdressing your lawn with compost builds a deeper root system, increases water holding capacity, and nutrient retention. Apply 1/4 to 1/2" good quality compost to the lawn. View topdressing with compost video for more information.

Overseed & Fill Bare Patches 

Spring or fall is the ideal time to overseed your lawn; mix Milorganite with your seed 4:1 ratio.  Avoid leaving large patches of bare soil; overseed bare patches to reduce weeds. After you rake out the existing dead grass, top dress with ½”compost, mix and apply seed and Milorganite, gently rake in and water.

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.

Pre-Emergent

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

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 1/3 of the grass blade in any one mowing.

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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