Spring lawn care is best done early to avoid injury. How can you tell when it is time to start mowing and fertilizing your lawn? Find out the signs your lawn needs some spring maintenance. We also have some tips for how to maintain your yard throughout the year.
How to know when it’s time to start spring lawn care
You risk damaging regrowth by walking too quickly around the yard and compacting soil. If the soil has not absorbed the winter moisture, watering can cause more harm than good. Give the soil and sun time to do their work, so the lawn can bounce back from harsh winter.
The weather is subject to change from year-to-year and greatly depends on where you live. There is no one day that is best for spring grass maintenance. There are signs you can look out for that will help you decide when to begin.
- You should completely thaw the grass and soil.
- You should not have any standing water or muddy areas.
- The average temperature should always be above 40°F
- Grass should be actively growing since its inception.
The spring regrowth should be noticeably more dense and bright green in color. The grass is ready to be mowed when it reaches 2 to 3 inches in height.
It is best to wait until then to begin lawn care. This will protect the delicate new grass shoots and prevent any infection.
If they are in need of moisture, grass roots can grow deeper. We recommend that you water your grass when it gets hot.
What your Lawn Needs for Spring
These tips will give your grass the nutrients it needs throughout the year.
Remove any dead grass or leaves that may have accumulated over the winter. Thatch is a layer that tends to mat the grass below. It blocks sunlight and traps moisture, which can slow regrowth and make it a breeding ground of mold and other pests.
After the soil has dried, you can de-thatch the soil by raking gently in the spring.
Fix the Bald Spots
Our lawns may need extra attention in spring in this part of Pennsylvania. After you have mowed your lawn for the first time, you might notice some bare spots. After spreading the seed, water it immediately.
For the next week, water it every day. You can then mow the turf once again when the new seed reaches about 2 inches high.
Check the soil
Healthy, balanced soil is essential for healthy grass growth. It can be difficult for the grass to grow if the soil pH is too acidic.
The pH levels can change in your yard due to long, hard winters. Test the soil to find out what’s beneath the surface.
The soil testing kits can be purchased at your local hardware store or garden supply shop. These kits are affordable and highly effective. If necessary, garden centers can provide a variety of products to neutralize soil. Ask your local lawn experts for advice if you are unsure.
Spring is a great time to prevent weed growth in your yard. You can treat it with herbicides that target the weeds that often plague your turf. It is important to apply herbicide immediately to prevent them from maturing or sprouting.
You will also be able to save a lot of time and your back pain during the summer. It might be worth considering removing the weeds from your garden in the fall.
How to Care For Other Landscaping in Spring
This season, your grass will not be the only thing that needs extra attention. These are some tips to help you maintain your yard’s other areas.
Lawn care will be easier in the spring and summer by trimming back bushes and plants that are too large. This will allow for healthy, new growth as well as ensure other plants get the sun they require. You can also use this time to remove dead branches and plants.
Edging garden beds can be made easy by the soft spring soil. With a garden shovel, dig a trench 2 1/2 inches deep. Then insert a pre-measured length plastic edging.
Edging can be used to create a barrier between your lawn and the garden bed. This helps keep grass where it belongs.
After the soil’s surface has dried, mulch can be replaced around landscaping, driveways, and walkways. Mulch can also be used to prevent weed growth in flowerbeds during high-growth seasons.
You don’t have to get back into the routine of mowing your lawn every day. Instead, you can consider a more sustainable way to maintain your yard. You don’t have to treat kitchen scraps, grass clippings and leaves the same way as regular household trash. It is a waste to put it in plastic bags and have it sent off to the dump.
Natural compost can be a great option for your garden and lawn. It’s also free to make. Grass clippings, which are rich in nitrogen, are great for lawns. It also speeds up the process of compost pile decomposition.