February is upon us! Winter is coming to an end and spring is just around the corner. While the harsh winter weather may have been stressful on your lawn and landscape, spring is a great opportunity for a fresh start with some spring lawn preparation.
Here are a few pre-spring steps you can take right now to prepare your lawn to thrive in the springtime. By following these steps you are giving your lawn everything it needs to start strong in the spring, stay strong during the summer, and finish strong in the fall!
This is the first thing you will want to do when preparing your lawn for spring. It includes raking leaves and thatch, picking up sticks and twigs, and picking up other debris. Even if you raked leaves in the fall, you still want to rake again before spring! In doing so you will remove any dead grass blades from the winter, and you will clear out any matted patches which can negatively affect the growth of new grass in the springtime.
It is best to wait to apply your early spring fertilizer until we get a little closer to spring. Even so, this is a critical step to best prepare your lawn for the growing season. You’re going to want to utilize a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen, and low in phosphorus and potassium. This will protect your lawn from the southern heat, common weeds, lawn diseases, and pests that can harm your grass this time of year.
Weeds are thieves. They will steal essential nutrients from your grass and plants, which will make growth more difficult than it needs to be. The first thing you’ll want to do is to apply a pre-emergent herbicide. Living up to its name, this herbicide will prevent weeds from growing in your lawn or landscape (remember, it doesn’t eliminate weeds that are already growing). This will give your grass a head start over any weeds looking to sprout and steal nutrients in the early spring months.
If you’re dealing with weeds that are already there, you’re going to want to either apply a post-emergent herbicide, or you will have to pull the weeds yourself. If you are using a post-emergent herbicide to kill weeds, make sure it is safe to use on grass. Also, if you are pulling weeds make sure to get the root with the weed, or it’ll grow right back.
At Environmental Turf Management our professionals know what it takes to best prepare your lawn for spring. Give us a call today at (770) 466-0234 to hear about how we can help you get the lush, green, healthy lawn you’ve always wanted!