Tips for the Spring Growing Season

February 23, 2013 | Blog

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Spring is almost here and a few weeks from now, you’ll probably start seeing your grass turn green and begin growing again. The period from March to May is crucial for establishing a healthy and full lawn that will last through the summer and into the fall. To help ready your lawn for the coming months, we’ve provided a few general tips to consider below.

  • Mowing. You should begin a routine mowing program as soon as the grass starts to turn green. Don’t bag the clippings, as they tend to decompose quickly and can return valuable nutrients to the soil.
  • Fertilizing. You should fertilize your lawn a few weeks after the grass turns green and when there isn’t much chance of a late frost.
  • Watering. Depending on the weather, you should water every 5 to 10 days to a depth of 6 inches. Make sure not to waste water by checking the lawn while your sprinkler system is running. You don’t want to apply water faster than your soil can absorb it and will need to let your lawn dry before watering again.
  • Controlling Weeds. You should only apply herbicide when the grass is growing and healthy. Applying herbicide to an emerging yard can result in unnecessary lawn stress. Use a pre-emergent herbicide in mid-spring to control crabgrass and other grassy weeds before they sprout. Apply post-emergent herbicides conservatively to weeds that have already sprouted.
  • Aerating. In areas of heavy traffic, aerating can help eliminate compacted soils and increase grass growth. Note, however, that it’s best not to aerate before the grass is actively growing.

To learn more about establishing a healthy lawn this spring, contact The Grass Outlet today.