Spring is right around the corner and as signs of life begin to peek themselves up from the soil, it’s important to do some things that can help get your lawn ready for its prime growing season. That’s why we’re here today – some tips to help you get your lawn touched up, tuned up, and ready for the spring in the Seacoast include:
- Preventing Weeds
- Aerating Your Lawn
- De-Thatching Grass
- Prune Trees and Shrubs
- Get A Soil Test
- Mow At A High Setting
Dandelions, crabgrass, and clover are weeds, and simply put, you don’t want them in your yard. Weed pulling is something none of us enjoy, so it’s important to get on the ball early in the season to get out ahead and give your yard the best possible shot at bouncing back strong. One of the ways you can do this is by applying pre-emergent herbicide that will prevent weed seeds from germinating. We recommend that you wait until your soil temperature has reached about 55 degrees Fahrenheit – as it’s a big indication that weeds and plants alike will start growing soon.
Prevent Weeds Before They Grow
As is the case with many things in life, a little preventative maintenance goes a long way towards solving many of life’s problems. Lawns and weeds are no different. Weeds are just like grass - they’re plants! Yes, we think they’re a pain to deal with, but the truth is that if you keep the conditions that are conducive to weed growth to a minimum, then you won’t have to worry about them quite as much. Things like grass that’s mowed too low, compacted soil, and a lack of water are all things that allow weeds to thrive. Reversing these problems is the absolute best way to prevent them from growing in the first place. Make sure to:
- Examine your lawn
- Choose your treatment
- Kill all weeds
- Keep up your maintenance after the fact
Aerate Your Lawn
In the winter your soil freezes, but more importantly – it becomes more compact. Aerating loosens up your soil and makes it easier for more oxygen, water, and nutrients to get into your soil. It’s a fairly basic maintenance method as you’ll only need to do it once a year and it pays huge dividends in terms of the overall health of your yard. More benefits include:
- Stronger roots
- Reducing the amount of water runoff
- More tolerant to harsh weather conditions
- More vibrant and healthy
De-thatching Your Grass
Thatch is simply the layer of dead grass that builds up on your lawn that lingers right towards the top of the soil. When there are limited amounts of thatch, it can be highly beneficial for your lawn in that it acts more as a form of mulch. When there’s too much of it, water can get backed up and saturate the area and the added moisture can cause fungus and prevent air from reaching your grass. Some grass can brownout and not come back at all. That can create a matting all to its own, so it’s good to skim back over one more time. A little detritus won’t hurt anyone or anything – but a quick skim will help give your lawn that little extra kick once the weather finally warms up and your soil dries up a bit. For smaller amounts, we recommend a simple convex rake, but for bigger jobs – a power rake (or vertical cutter) should be used.
Practice Proper Lawn Maintenance Habits
We know the importance of limiting weeds, aerating your lawn, and de-thatching your grass, but there are a lot of other things you can do around your home to increase your overall curb appeal.
Prune Your Trees and Shrubs
Pruning is vital towards bringing your trees and shrubs back and keeping them healthy. Doing so will produce healthier leaves, plants, flowers, and fruits. Pruning is a relatively broad topic, so be sure to read up depending on what your yard’s needs are.
Mulch Your Lawn
Mulching helps in a wide range of ways, but in terms of seasonal transition – its best function is regulating the temperature fluctuations. It’ll stave off heat damage, slows down evaporation, and will prevent weeds from sprouting up. How and what you use is up to you, but we’d advise consulting with a professional to find the best possible fit.
Get Your Soil Tested
Grass needs healthy soil in order to grow. Grab a soil testing kit from your local hardware or garden store and put it to use. Most types of grass grow in conditions that are neither acidic nor alkaline. Get a feel for where your lawn is at and make the adjustments as necessary.
Mow at a High Setting
When you mow your lawn in the spring, you should mow it on a high setting. Why? Because tall grass means deeper roots. Not only will these deep roots find moisture better, but they’ll also crowd out weeds and prevent issues in certain spots in your lawn. So go for more of the light trim and a little off the top instead of taking out the heavy-duty clippers and going for the tight look.
Contact Your Local Lawn Care Professionals
As they say – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and it applies as much to springtime lawn care as anything else. Setting the right course for your lawn early on – will lead to better results in the future – and results that are easy to manage. Transitioning your yard from the winter to spring is no small task, but doing so properly can make a huge difference in the health of your lawn. Seacoast Turf Care can help. Give us a call at 603-932-6254 if you simply want some advice or if you want us to help with all the heavy lifting.