Your Spring Lawn Care Checklist
Warmer weather has been preparing us for the change of seasons. The vernal equinox, which marks the first day of spring, falls on Friday, March 20, this year, so it’s time to start thinking about your to-do list for this time of year.
Although we all have a pretty good idea of when spring starts, the exact nature of the vernal equinox is less familiar to many people. It’s the day when the North and South Poles are the same distance from the sun. In practical terms, this means that daylight hours and the night are equally long on that date. This milestone has long marked the beginning of a season of reemergence and new growth. In other words, it’s time to get back out in the yard. Here’s our list of tasks to ease your lawn into the transition.
Cleaning up: Since everyone reading this is a conscientious homeowner, we know that you’ve been keeping your lawn clear of leaves through the fall and winter. Gently raking will remove the last of these, along with twigs and other debris, while loosening up the top layer of soil to admit more air and nutrients. If the ground is damp, you’ll risk too much disruption, so it’s best to wait until the earth dries out a little. Inspection will help you deal with brown spots and other problems early.
Weed control: Applying pre-emergent weed control in the spring is good for both warm- and cool-season grasses, stopping weeds before they germinate. Our lawn care treatments ensure that you’re always one step ahead.
Fertilizing: Different types of grasses require different approaches to fertilization.
Cool-season grasses (Fescue): If you must fertilize in spring, apply a slow-release fertilizer lightly. The time for heavier applications is the fall, when these grasses experience the most growth.
Warm-season grasses (Zoysia/Bermuda): It’s best to fertilize these later in the spring, in April or May, after the last frost. Your grass should be fully green and actively growing, and temperatures should consistently exceed 65°F.
Aerating: This process helps to break up the thatch layer and opens pathways in compacted soil to allow more air, water, and nutrients to reach grass roots. It’s an important part of maintaining a robust, healthy lawn.
Maintaining equipment: If you haven’t already, sharpen your mower blades, change the oil, and get your other equipment ready. We’ve got a handy checklist for this, too.
Mowing: The best time for the first mow of the season is when the lawn looks like it needs it. For best results, set the cutting height to remove only one-third of the blades. Cutting more may leave your grass vulnerable and lead to bare spots.
Watering: Make sure your lawn gets at least an inch of water a week. An artfully positioned tuna or cat food will help you monitor rainfall and determine how much additional watering is necessary.
Controlling insects: Many pests don’t become serious problems until the summer, but fire ants are an exception. If you have a problem with them or any other bugs, we’ll be glad to check out the situation and make recommendations.
The return of spring is always exciting, but there are a lot of tasks to get started on. No matter the season, it’s always a good time to sign up for one of Weed Slayer’s lawn treatment programs. If we can help with your lawn care in any way, we’re just a phone call 706.622.1104 away.