It’s spring in Atlanta, which means soon the familiar smells of cut grass and backyard barbecues will fill the air. In Georgia, a yard is an extension of yourself and something many folks take great pride in. At Environmental Turf Management, we know how much time, effort, and money you put into your yards. That is why we provide you with a list of helpful tips to give you a head start on your lawn care goals this year.
First things first. We highly recommend getting your soil tested before you do anything to your lawn. You can buy a soil test kit at your local hardware, or you can hire someone to do it for you. A soil test can tell you the types of nutrients in your soil, if your soil is too acidic or alkaline, and it can tell you what will grow best. Soil tests should be taken from different parts of your yards, such as sunny areas, shady areas, and areas that receive equal amounts of shade and sunlight. With your soil test results in hand, you can now select the perfect fertilizer blend for your lawn.
There are literally thousands of weed seeds waiting in your soil right now. They are waiting for a few conditions to be met; enough sunlight and the right temperature. When those conditions are met, they will germinate and quickly outcompete your grass. These seeds are leftover from last fall from weeds you did not get rid of in time or were blown into your yard on the wind. Applying a pre-emergent weed killer now will stop these weeds from sprouting and taking over your lawn. Applications of pre-emergent in the spring will significantly reduce the number of weeds in the summer, which will reduce the number of weeds in the fall.
Now that the soil test is out of the way, it’s time for the fun part; fertilizing your lawn. Spring fertilization helps promote vigorous leaf growth so grass can get thick and prevent weeds from germinating.
Lawnmower maintenance is an essential part of your spring checklist. Your lawnmower does a lot of work for you over the year. It’s better to deal with any issues now than later when you need it. Start by checking the oil and making sure the engine is running properly. Change the sparkplugs if needed and sharpen the blades. Sharp blades cut smoothly and allow for the grass to grow healthy. A dull blade rips and creates ugly brown tips on your grass blades. A sharp blade means the difference between a green and healthy lawn and a scraggly, brown lawn.
Mosquitoes can ruin any plans you had for gathering outside in the evening.
The pros at Environmental Turf Management know how hard it is dealing with lawn care and all the chores that go with it. We have been providing the people of Atlanta and the surrounding community with top-notch lawn care for over 20 years. Let us take the burden of lawn care off of your plate next year. Sign up for our year-round lawn care program and never have to deal with weeds again.
Give us a call at (770) 466-0234 for more information on how you can get started. You can also request an easy quote here. For more monthly tips on all things lawn care, check out our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for our current deals and news.