Posted on March 30th, 2020
One of the most important times for a lawn is the spring. Once the temperature warms up and our grass wakes up after being dormant all winter, it’s gonna need all the help it can get. Spring lawn care benefits you by creating a healthy foundation to start the year. With the right lawn care strategy this year, you can make your summer and fall lawn care so much easier. Here are a few spring lawn care tips for your Massachusetts lawn.
The first, and often overlooked, step in a smart spring lawn care strategy is to clean the lawn. If the lawn wakes up under a blanket of wet leaves and broken branches, then it’s in for a tough start. Lawn debris leads to lawn fungus and destructive lawn diseases. Having to deal with a lawn fungus or disease in the spring is a real pain, for you and for the lawn. The stress causes the lawn to become weaker, setting it up for opportunistic pests and weeds. Clean the lawn and rake the grass to give it a lift and help it dry out. This helps prevent diseases and fungi from forming in the turf, keeping your lawn stress-free.
Here in Massachusetts, winterizing our sprinkler systems in the fall isn’t optional. Our frigid winters damage and destroy sprinkler systems that haven’t been properly winterized. That means we need to start the sprinkler system back up in the spring. Wait until the final frost of the year, when temperatures overnight remain above freezing. Make sure you go one zone at a time, checking for damage and efficiency along the way. Once the sprinkler system is up and running, you’ll need to set it up.
A smart watering schedule is essential for a growing lawn. The grass in your lawn needs about one inch of water per week for it to grow healthy and stay beautiful. This can come from either your sprinkler system or the rain. By setting a plastic cup or container of some kind, keep track of the amount of rain the lawn gets throughout the week and water accordingly. Only water in the early morning. By giving the grass all day to dry out, you can keep it safe from moisture-loving fungi and diseases.
It’s pretty safe to say that we all hate weeds. As our lawns wake up from their winter slumber, the overwintering weed seeds wake up too. Prevent those seeds from sprouting with an early application of pre-emergent herbicides. This creates a barrier in the soil to prevent weed seeds from sprouting. Make sure to only apply pre-emergent herbicides before the weeds start sprouting because they are ineffective against them once they’ve sprouted.
By getting ahead of the weeds in the spring, you can stay ahead of them throughout the rest of the year. Effective spring lawn care means you’ll have fewer weeds to fight in the summer and fall. Without the stress from these nutrient-stealing pest-plants, your lawn will grow strong and healthy while staying lush and beautiful.
When it comes to caring for lawns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, nobody does it better than Turf Unlimited. Our expert technicians have years of experience caring for lawns in the area. We know all the common threats facing lawns throughout the spring and we have the right services to combat them. Investing in a lawn care program is a great way to ensure your lawn gets the best spring lawn care available, as well as consistent care throughout the year.
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