Summary: Spring lawn care maintenance is key to a great looking green yard in the summer. Applying lawn fertilizer, reseeding, watering, mowing, killing weeds and promoting optimum growing conditions pay off in the coming months. Get started on your spring lawn care plan today.
Question: To have a lush looking lawn what steps should we take in our Spring lawn care maintenance plan? Kendall, New Jersey
Answer: An attractive fertilized lawn, with a durable green carpet, healthy roots reaching down into the soil can not only increase your enjoyment of an outdoor living and dining area visually, but also help prevent weeds like crabgrass and dandelions taking hold.
Your Lawn Prospects
No one likes to pull weeds or spray herbicides as a part of their lawn care program.
What are the prospects for your lawn this summer?
If they’re not too good, you still have time this spring to take steps that will give you a better lawn next summer. Here are a few tips on how to improve your present lawn or build a new one!
The “grass chores” will vary according to weather conditions, season, location, grass type (zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine sod, etc.) but most lawns will need some cleaning and lawn feeding.
Liming, weeding and reseeding may be necessary in some cases. It is important to do this work at the proper time. How much lawn seed will you need?
Plan your spring lawn care program well in advance of the grass-growing season; results will be better and less effort will be required.
Begin by determining the material needs. What are the soil requirements for lime and fertilizer?
Soil testing is a smart place to start. Does your lawn mower blades need sharpening or adjusting?
Is it time for a new mower – an electric lawn mower maybe?
Next, set up a time schedule for liming if yard has acid soil, fertilizing and seeding.
Weather may not permit doing a task on any fixed day, but each job should be finished during the most favorable period in the season.
Check The Lawn Mower
The first task before heading outdoors is checking the lawn mower. Be ready to start the season with a smooth-cutting, sharp machine in proper adjustment – the mower blade should not be set lower than 1-1/2 inches for most lawns.
The weather will determine the start of the first outdoor work, which is the removal of any excess accumulation of leaves or litter.
This will prevent smothering the grass that lies underneath. Newly sown lawns are especially susceptible to this type of injury.
The soil may need lime to encourage the best and optimum grass growth, this is true for the garden as well. If fall application was not possible, apply this in early spring.
Many soils require 50 to 75 pounds of ground limestone per 1,000 square feet every two or three years.
Grass reseeding of bare areas in late winter is often helpful and time-saving.
Although it may not be possible to work the soil then, you can get good results whenever alternate freezing and thawing permit the seed to work into the surface. This method, commonly known as dormant seeding, is easy and tends to give the grass an earlier start.