At Menchhofer Tree Care, we do more than just care for trees. We also provide lawn care services. Many people wait until the Dog Days of summer to really make any changes to their lawn care programs. However, the best time to start is right in early spring when everything is coming back to life again and thawing out.
Winter can alter soil pH, compact the soil, and create conditions that encourage weed growth and disease. It’s crucial that you properly clean, fertilize and mow your yard early in the season.
Weeds can grow during the winter, so make sure you scan the ground and look for any weeds that either grew or were left over from the summer before. In spring, you will need to do quite a bit of work to do the job properly: Start by stripping the area of all weeds, including roots, even if that means taking off a few inches.
Winter tends to scalp our yards and bring out those bald spots that look pretty gnarly. Use a method called hydroseeding to evenly spread out grass seed to cover those holes. Make sure you use a quality grass seed that is is mixed into a pulp made from virgin wood fibers, fertilizers, and binding agents.
Feeding your existing grass fertilizer will give it a great start and make it tougher during droughts or infestations. Make sure to use a complete fertilizer that includes micronutrients such as sulfur, copper, and iron.
If you regularly use fertilizers and you haven’t done so in a few years, use dolomitic lime to restore the pH. When you are feeding, also remember that your grass will be thirsty and will need some water every few days for the first few weeks.
For a more aggressive routine to make your yard the envy of the entire neighborhood, check out this video:
Header Photo Courtesy of Kelly Sikkema on Flickr!