Spring is an ideal time to plan your own lawn care program. Maintaining a healthy lawn can certainly be a difficult challenge for homeowners, but with a few helpful tips from our professionals, you can have a head start to a lush lawn in no time!
As soon as the snow melts and it’s comfortable to be outside, you can begin your spring clean up. At Winterberry, we use a combination of tools & techniques: mechanical blowers are used to clear out leaves and small debris, and raking is performed for turf and areas around plantings where leaves accumulate over the winter. These must be cleared to avoid problems that stem from lack of air circulation, such as mold. Raking alone will achieve the desired result: beds and turf areas completely cleared of any debris. Besides removing sticks, twigs and leaves, it important to rake out any dead or matted areas of grass.
Once the debris has been cleared, it is time to thatch your lawn. Many mowers have attachments for this; it is basically mechanical raking that removes the clumps of dead grass and stand up the grass that’s been compacted over the winter. It is important to thatch in 2 directions to attain even results and to ensure a thorough thatching.
Spring is a great time to spot-seed any bare spots you may have noticed over the winter. Never apply seed before April 1st, as the soil temperature is far too low for seed to germinate. When seeding, use a mix of 70% rye and 30% blue. The rapid germination of the rye provides stability and protection for the blue seed which has a much longer germination period, of 21 to 28 days. This is a great time to start the Crabgrass battle and feed existing turf at the same time. We recommend a product called Tupersan that can be combined and applied with the first application of lawn fertilizer. Read on for more information about Tupersan.
An advantage to starting your lawn care in the Spring is the heightened ability to control Crabgrass. It must be treated before last year’s seeds are allowed to germinate. These are called pre-emergent weed controls. It is very important to be aware that most products that kill Crabgrass are not suitable for any newly seeded areas. These products prevent seeds from germinating. It is necessary to use caution and try to avoid these areas.
For Crabgrass control, we recommend Tupersan, it is a granular product that is available at most retailers. For best results, it must be applied at full-rate at 21-day intervals. This will significantly reduce the Crabgrass population.
Once you’ve treated for Crabgrass and seeded bare spots it is time to put down your first application of granular fertilizer. We recommend a ratio of 15-0-5, or something similar. This should be done any time before May 1st.
If you follow these steps, you will have a great start to a weed-free and healthy lawn. However, if you decide the work is not for you, we encourage you to contact our knowledgeable team of lawn care professionals for a free analysis.
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