Early Spring Lawn Care Tips
Every spring, Mother Nature gives plant life a chance to start over. The winter season has been a long time out. It’s the first weekend in March, and now there is a chance to begin anew. Gardeners and homeowners can’t make spring come one day sooner, but they can be prepared for an early start.
Uncle’s Lawn Care Tips for Early March:
First, remove any heavy debris such as piles of leaves and fallen branches.
Second, mow the lawn short: Lower your mower deck one or two notches. Be careful not to scalp your lawn. Remove grass clippings by bagging or raking to improve air circulation. This low mow will cut off the brown winter-damaged tips and open the soil to the warm spring sunlight.
Fourth, overseed any bare spots bigger than a salad plate with weed-free grass seed and top dress with PrimeraOne Sports Field Conditioner or sphagnum peat. Do not use topsoil or bagged compost to top-dress weed-free grass seed. Topsoil contains coarse weed and sedge seeds.
Fifth, water when you are able. Water deep once or twice per week till normal spring rains arrive.
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Repairing Winter Kill in Your Lawn
Winter kill describes severe damage or death incurred by turfgrass during winter months by winds, ice, snow, dehydration and compacted soil. Its initials signs are patches of lawn that remain brown or bare after the lawn typically returns to healthy green growth in the spring. Winter kill in turf can happen from many natural events. Extreme cold and dry winters can cause leaf desiccation. Heavy snowfalls can foster fungal diseases such as snow mold. Crown freeze can occur in early spring when freezing temperatures follow multiple days of warm weather. Repairing widespread winter damage will require spring overseeding or sodding.
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Work Smarter Not Harder Spring Lawn Care
Let Mother Nature do your heavy lifting. Winter weather is Mother Nature’s soil aerator. Spring thawing and frost heaves open cracks in the soil that let in air and moisture. These cracks make March an ideal time to apply grass seed, fertilizer, lawn calcium, and lime. Early March is perfect for overseeding shady areas under trees before the spring leaves arrive. Both fescue and bluegrass lawns can be over seeded now. Grass seed mixes like Macho Mix fescue or Estate Mix bluegrass are ideal for early spring lawn renovations. If you have a house or rental property that needs a makeover in the front yard, look for Stadium Special perennial ryegrass. Stadium Special is first aid for distressed real estate or a play area where kids and dogs have torn up the playfield.
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