Spring Lawn Care Tips
Spring is the optimal time to get your lawn in tip top shape. As the growing season begins, your grass will be in prime condition to thrive—if taken care of properly! Follow these spring lawn care steps to ensure a lush green yard this summer:
DIY Tip #1: Start overseeding your lawn
If you have any bare patches on your grass, you may need to start overseeding your lawn. Plant grass seed to help grow new patches where the lawn died during the winter. Check with your local Lawn Doctor professional to determine how much seeding your lawn may need, and when you should seed your lawn.
DIY Tip #2: Enact weed prevention
Spring is the best time of year to treat your lawn with pre-emergent weed control. Pre-emergent is designed for application before the targeted weed germinates, and are an effective preventative method for controlling weeds. Professional lawn care services can help prevent crabgrass and other grassy weeds. Bed weed maintenance is another weed prevention method that can help get your lawn in shape. Your Lawn Doctor expert will know which weeds are a problem in your area.
DIY Tip #3: Prevent lawn disease
Did your lawn develop dead patches during the winter? If pests like grubs have made their home in your yard, proper lawn disease prevention can rejuvenate your yard. Our Lawn Maintainer Care program will help prevent lawn disease and pests throughout the year.
DIY Tip #4: Mow and grass-cycle your lawn
Once your grass begins to grow, start mowing your lawn. Check out our lawn mowing tips to review proper techniques and safety considerations for mowing.
Grass-cycling is the process of leaving grass clippings on the lawn. Instead of bagging the clippings, let them spread out on your lawn to recycle grass elements back into the soil.
DIY Tip #5: Fertilize your lawn
Even if you fertilized in the fall, fertilize your lawn during the spring to help it stay thick and lush. Spring fertilization helps your lawn replenish preserves that were depleted over the long, arduous winter.
DIY Tip #6: Check your pH and balance your soil
Having the correct pH level for your lawn can help alleviate many lawn care issues in the long run. Lawn Doctor can professionally test your soil to help you determine which compounds your lawn might require.
Soil enrichment stimulates a stronger and healthier root system while improving the structure of your lawn’s soil. The process also improves root penetration and soil water retention, making regular watering more effective. Soil enrichment can also reduce damaging salts from the root zone and improve soil aeration.
DIY Tip #7: Watch your thatch level
When soil becomes compacted, it restricts the grass’s access to vital nutrients. Lawn aeration helps alleviate thatch and facilitates better growth. Thatch is a combination of living and dead plant matter. Grass clippings do not generally contribute to thatch buildup as they can be easily broken down. A small amount of thatch may be beneficial, however, excessive thatch can cause root problems.
For more information on spring lawn care and additional lawn care tips for spring, contact your local Lawn Doctor.