.Springtime is here, and it’s time to get your lawn in tip-top shape. Spring is one of the most important times to perform maintenance on your lawn. By following a few steps, you can help your yard become a beautiful green and the talk of the block.
We are going to share with you ways how to get rid of weeds or becoming stressed by drought and heat. Plus simple ways to keep it green all summer long.
First things first, you will need to rake. It is essential that you take the time to rake or even thatch out the dead grass that occurs over the winter months. A half inch of thatch is considered excessive.
If you don’t thatch your lawn in early spring the water, air, and nutrients won’t be able to get to the soil. This will weaken the root system hindering new spring growth.
Trip to the Store
There are many kinds of weed killers and fertilizers, but we have found the Scotts 4-Step program has worked best for us.
It comes with everything you need to prevent weeds and fertilize your yard for the year.
The Scotts 4-Step Program
- Crabgrass Preventer Plus Lawn Food.
- Weed Control Plus Lawn Food.
- Lawn Food with 2% Iron.
- Fall Lawn Food.
How to Kill Weeds in Your Lawn
To keep your lawn looking well-maintained, lush and green, you may need to use a weed killer. This will get rid of a lawn full of weeds before you fertilize.
Weeds steal water and nutrients from your grass and will soon take over your lawn if you don’t act fast.
Follow specific instructions on each of the packages or bottles. Whether you use a spray or pellets, apply it on a sunny day when there is not a prediction of rainy weather for several days, this helps the chemicals soak in, dry thoroughly and do the work they are designed to do.
Not all weed killers are the same.
Pre-emergent herbicides kill weed before they emerge from the ground and should be applied early in the spring season before the weeds take over your yard.
Post-emergent herbicides kill the weeds once they have come up and should be applied as soon as you see the weeds.
There are different kinds of weeds; therefore there are different kinds of weed killers, so make sure that you are getting the right weed killer to get rid of the dandelions and crabgrass that is taking over your yard.
Now, Time to Fertilize
After you have given the weed killer a few days to work its magic, it is time to lay down the fertilizer.
You’ll want to water your lawn before applying the fertilizer and make sure there is no rain in the forecast for a couple of days, allowing the fertilizer to get into the soil and do what it is intended to do.
It is essential that you set up a regular schedule for fertilizing your lawn.
Experts say that you should feed your lawn about four times a year. A good plan is to fertilize in early spring, April or May, in mid-June (before it gets too hot) for the second period, in September for the third period, and in November for the last period.
Time to Cut the Grass
Grasses are like most plants — if you clip off the growing points (for grass, it’s in the crown, where the new leaves develop), the plants branch out and become denser, which in this case, turns thousands of individual grass plants into a tightly woven turf or a lawn.
The mere act of mowing isn’t what makes a yard look good. Mowing height and mowing frequency determine how healthy and attractive your lawn looks. After all, cutting a lawn is stressful for the grass. The leaves make the food for the roots.
Right and Wrong Time to Mow the Lawn
There are a right and a wrong time to mow your lawn. You don’t want to mow the grass when it is wet. When you try to cut damp grass, you end up tearing the grass rather than getting a clean cut. Such tears open the door for fungus.
Moisture provides a way for fungus to spread. So when you mow a wet lawn, you’re creating a perfect storm for fungal infestations. Fungal diseases can also develop on a lawn that has been cut after a rainstorm through the grass clippings. These clippings will get matted down which restricts a good airflow that the soil needs.
Change the Direction Every Time
A good rule of thumb is to change the direction and pattern each time you mow. If you repeatedly mow in the same direction, the mower tends to push the grass over rather than cut it cleanly. Eventually, the grass begins to lean in the direction mowed. By varying the mowing pattern, you help avoid forming ruts in the lawn, and the grass will stand up nice and tall.
How Often Should I Mow?
Mow as often as needed for your grass type, growing conditions, growth pattern, and season. Sticking to a mowing schedule, like every Saturday, doesn’t allow your lawn to be cut when it truly needs it. When grass is actively growing in the spring, for example, it needs to be mowed more frequently, maybe as much as twice a week. But when growth slows during the heat of summer or at the end of the growing season, your lawn may only need to be mowed once every week or two.
We hope you have learned a few tips and tricks on how to maintain your lawn. We would love to see before and after shots of your yard! Be sure to like and follow us on all of our social media channels for quick, tips, and items we use! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Share your pictures on our social media channels and use the hashtags #homeaze #plantingseason #springcleaning.
Keep a lookout for our next blog: Gardening For Beginners.