Posted on: 18 February 2020
If you're like most new homeowners, you're looking forward to winter finally coming to a close. It won't be long now before the daffodils and other flowering bulbs begin putting on their annual show, the flowering trees start to bloom, and your lawn springs back to life. One of the most enjoyable parts of owning your own home is cultivating an outdoor living space to meet your personal needs and preferences, but if you're inexperienced with lawn care, you may be wondering what you should be doing now to keep your lawn looking good for the rest of the spring and summer.
One of the biggest mistakes many of those who are inexperienced with lawn care make is to get started on their lawn too early in the season. If soils are still wet, you run the risk of compacting them to the extent that delicate lawn grass roots struggle to become established. Instead, use the following tips for your lawn care this spring.
Here's what you need to do in your yard this spring.
Rake Your Yard Thoroughly
After the surface of your lawn no longer has that squishy feeling, thoroughly rake it to remove any debris that may have accumulated over the winter months. This will also provide you with an opportunity to discover any issues such as emerging weeds or fungal infestations so that you can deal with them while they are still in their early stages.
Apply Pre-emergent Weed Killer
After hand-pulling any weeds that you find sprouting in your lawn during raking, apply a pre-emergent weed killer in early spring to get a head start on any weed seeds that may be preparing to sprout. Keep in mind that it's essential for pre-emergent herbicides to be watered in after they're applied, so be sure to activate your irrigation system unless rain is in the forecast.
Your first application of fertilizer should happen a couple of weeks after you apply the pre-emergent weed killer. Make sure you wait until your lawn has at least an inch of new growth — applying fertilizer too early in the growth cycles comes with a significant risk of overwhelming tender young growth with too many nutrients at once.
Mow Your Lawn
Another common mistake made by those who are new to lawn care is to mow their lawns too early in the spring. Wait until the grass is at least two inches tall in order to keep from injuring your lawn's roots.
For more tips or help, work with local lawn care services.Share