Spring is here, but with cooler than average temperatures lately, our lawns are just starting to reawaken. Is your lawn be ready for the growing season?
By following these five simple steps, you can ensure your lawn will be lush and green by the time your family is ready for some outdoor fun-in-the-sun.
1 Clear the Site
Rake up and collect any debris that has accumulated over the winter months. Removing these rocks, leaves, and sticks now will improve air flow and encourage healthier growth as temperatures rise and daylight hours lengthen.
2 Test Your Soil
Periodic soil testing will help address your lawn’s specific needs. Most turf grasses can tolerate a pH range between 6 and 7, but some varieties, like Centipede, thrive with a more acidic pH. Correct acidic soil with powdered lime and basic soils with sulfur additives. Always be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions.
3 Resist the Urge to Scalp Your Lawn
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that a short cut will help their lawns green up faster. Please, do NOT lower the height of your turf in early Spring. Trimming low too soon may cause serious damage to the growing portion of your lawn, increasing the chance of photosynthetic shock and the risk of disease.
4 Apply Pre-emergents
Pre-emergent herbicides inhibit the germination of certain weed seeds and can provide blanket protection against weeds for up to 6 months.
5 Service Lawn Equipment
Get ready for mowing season! Sharpen or replace the blades on your mower now. A sharper blade produces better results and cuts down on the frequency of mowing.
Visit the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ web page about National Lawn Care Month for more helpful tips and information.
If you believe your yard is in need of new sod, choose your sod company carefully. NG Turf provides locally produced sod to ensure superior quality and from-the-farm freshness. Your new turfgrass is an investment you will enjoy for years to come!