Spring is going to be here before we know it. We all know what that means: more BBQ’s, picnics and outdoor activities. We want to make sure that you have the best looking lawn in the neighborhood to enjoy those activities. Here is a helpful checklist of things that you will want to do for your greatest spring lawn care routine yet.
Spring Lawn Care Checklist
Get the lawnmower tuned up:
- Change the oil.
- Sharpen the blade (very important).
- Check for any damage to the mower itself.
- Check the deck height and make sure it is set even.
Spring Clean Up:
- Leaves from last year need to be picked up. This is important so they don’t spread any diseases from the previous season.
- Pick up any other debris on the lawn to make sure it isn’t being smothered.
- You will want to do this before performing the short mow.
First Mow of the Season (Late March Through April/Early May)
- The lawn needs to be dry when you do this.
- Mow at a shorter setting than during the growing season, 2 – 2 ½ ” is a good place to start.
- You don’t want to scalp or mow down to the dirt. This is just to get most of the matted down grass without damaging the lawn.
- Bag the clippings.
Treat the lawn with a pre-emergent*:
- This is going to help prevent your grassy weeds.
- This can be applied with fertilizer to promote early green up in the spring.
*Call Integrated Lawn Care. We take the guesswork out of pre-emergent lawn treatment.
- Spring aeration is different from aerating in the fall. In the spring we are aerating to help relieve soil compaction from the freezing temperatures during the winter.
- Helps to allow water, oxygen, and nutrients into the lawn.
- Will help promote new growth in thin or stressed areas.
Fertilize: (Again, make sure to call us, we know what your lawn needs)
- If you did not fertilize with your pre-emergent now is the time.
- You will want to use a well-rounded fertilizer, not a big box store brand.
- Using a product like this will give you a better balance of quality nutrients without all of the fillers.
Mowing After Your Lawn Has Started To Grow
- Here is where all of the steps above pay off.
- Start mowing at a height of 3″ and raise that as the days get hotter.
- Mowing tall with a sharp blade will help to conserve water, as well as keep your grass more drought tolerant on those hot, sunny, summer days.
- You will usually start to see weeds by the first mowing.
- Most post-emergent weed controls are very effective at controlling these.
- It is important to not use WEED & FEED type products. They can be dangerous because they persist in the soil for longer periods of time.
- Call us to safely treat your weeds!
Winter Turf Damage:
- Winter mites are a common problem in lawns across the front range and need to be dealt with during spring lawn care. They will damage the root crowns of the lawn, sometimes the damage can be serious enough that those areas will need to be replaced (See image below).
- We see vole damage more often when snow sits on the lawn for long periods of time. They will make little runways through the turf. These are often not permanent, but voles can cause severe damage to trees and shrubs (See image below).
This would be considered severe mite damage.