For the most part, the snow is gone and problem spots in your lawn are starting to surface. Right now is the time to start preparing your lawn for the upcoming spring and summer season.
Here are 5 tips that will help you get ahead of lawn care issues that could possibly ruin your lawn.
Dethatching is by far one of the most important tasks you can complete this spring to give your lawn a head start. Thatch is basically grass that has died off during the winter season and anything more than ½ inch of thatch in your lawn will suffocate your grass.
Dethatching is recommended early in the spring because it can be harsh on your lawn and dethatching later in the season can actually have negative effects on your lawn. Therefore, dethatching early in the season gives your lawn ample time to recover properly.
Weed & Feed
Weeding and feeding your lawn in mid to late spring gives way for your lawn to flourish. Weeding can be done by hand pulling the weeds to get the roots or you can spot spray weeds with chemicals. But be careful, over-spraying your lawn with chemicals can cause stress to your lawn during the heat of summer.
Feeding your lawn in spring is done best with a slow-release fertilizer. A slow-release fertilizer will seep deep into your soil as the ground thaws out, providing your lawn with nutrients from top to bottom.
Deal With Bare Spots
As your lawn starts to green, you may notice some bare or dead spots throughout your lawn. If this happens, flush the spot with water, rake out the dead grass, level it out with sand and soil, plant some seed and water it vigorously.
Just like everything else, individual blades of grass die out and can leave your lawn looking thin. Seeding your lawn early in the spring allows new blades of lawn to replace the dead ones and gives your lawn a thick, lush look and feel.
Water, water, water, but don’t overdo it! Water is essential to any lawn and the best time to water your lawn is early in the morning.
Finally we have had some warm temperature here throughout the Twin Cities and you can literally hear all of that snow melting.
As winter begins to fade and spring arrives, here are some signs you should look for in your lawn to prevent disease from spreading and ruining your lawn this year.
Damage From Ice Melt Products
If you used ice melt products around your walkways this winter, you will want to look for strip of brown grass along the edges.
In some cases, these brown strips will recover on their own. However, if they recover within about 6 to 8 weeks after the snow is gone, you will want to take extra measures.
Extra measures include planting new seed where the lawn doesn’t recover. First, use a heavy rake to remove all the dead grass from the damaged area. Next, use the rake or a shovel to loosen the top ¼ to ½ inch of soil to create a good seed bed. Lastly, spread your lawn seed and make sure to give it plenty of water.
Look For Snow Mold
Snow mold is a fungal disease that appears in early spring as the snow melts. There are two types of snow mold, gray and pink.
Symptoms first appear in the lawn as circular, straw colored patches when the snow melts. The patches often continue to grow as long as the grass remains cold and wet.
With regular fertilizing and proper mowing, snow mold should go away on its own in a few weeks. However, if you have an extreme case of snow mold, an application of fungicide might be necessary.
Early Spring Lawn Care
If you really want your lawn to get off to a healthy start this year, we recommend dethatching. Dethatching is the process of removing all of the dead blades of grass from your lawn.
Dethatching keeps dead blades of grass from exasperating all the nutrients your lawn has to provide and ensure the healthy blades of grass a great start to the year.