Spring is the time of plans and projects.
— Leo Tolstoy (from Anna Karenina)
Oh, joy! Warmer days, open windows, and that blissful anticipation of summer just ‘round the corner. Here are some best practices to ensure your landscape is a healthy and beautiful backdrop for your outdoor living.
Spring Lawn Care Tip #1: Clean Up
Spring cleaning isn’t just for closets and windows. Clean up any debris left by winter snow and winds, and rake up any matted areas on the lawn. Doing so will increase the turf’s air flow, inhibit infestation of diseases and pests, and help the grass grow.
Spring Lawn Care Tip #2: Inspect
Early spring is the best time to inspect your lawn and plants for signs of diseases and pests. If you spot something that looks suspicious or downright ugly, call in your lawncare professional or arborist for an expert diagnosis. (One example of lawn disease which is common in early spring is snow mold, a fungus that often appears when snow melts in early spring.)
Spring Lawn Care Tip #3: Aerate
Aeration is a process of perforating the soil with small holes to help improve water, air, and nutrient movement in the soil. Aerating your lawn in spring and fall reduces soil compaction and breaks down thatch (a build-up of organic matter beneath the blades of the grass but above the soil), two conditions that can impede air and water movement to the soil and weaken your lawn’s root system.
Spring Lawn Care Tip #4: Fertilize
Fertilizing your lawn this spring will reap considerable returns. It provides turf with nutrients to help with spring green-up and increases its resilience to heat stress and drought through the summer months.
Spring Lawn Care Tip #5: Weed Control Treatments
The most effective weed control starts with an early spring walk-about to spot — and treat — signs of unwanted growth before it takes hold. Your lawncare expert can help you choose the best control solutions depending on the seasonal timing and the types of weeds you’re targeting: Pre-emergent treatments are applied before the targeted weed germinates as an effective preventative method; post-emergence treatments are applied later in the growing season to attack weeds that are already established and growing. The type and timing of weed control treatments are critical! You don’t want to inadvertently harm desirable turfgrass and plants.
A professional lawn care service — like the experts at SavaLawn — can survey your landscape to spot any dangers for early lawn disease and identify the best types of fertilizer, weed control products, or other lawn care treatments to ensure a healthy, green lawn throughout the spring and summer.