Time waits for no one, especially when it comes to your lawn. The seasons and weather will continue to change whether you’re ready or not!
So, with spring upon us, it begs the question: what are some of the best prep treatments for your lawn? This quick guide covers how to prepare your lawn during spring so it’s set up to flourish for the rest of the year.
Your lawn preparation methods during spring will depend on the unique situation of your lawn, starting with the type of grass you have. There are two main types of grasses:
- Warm-weather grasses (Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, etc.): grows most during summer and begins to flourish after the last frost of spring. Prep work encourages this season of growth in warm weather.
- Cool-weather grasses (bluegrass, fescue, rye, etc.): grows some in the spring and more in the fall, but struggles during the summer. Prep work strengthens the roots and helps the grass remain resilient in warm weather.
To recap: if you have warm-weather grass, start preparing after the last frost of spring, but if you have cold-weather grass, start preparing after it’s no longer dormant.
Regardless of the grass type, you want to get weeds under control before they even appear. Apply pre-emergent weed control to your lawn during spring, after the last frost. This will help prevent weed seeds from germinating. If your lawn is especially weed-heavy, you might need two treatments (either right away or during the summer).
Soil and Fertilization
The grass type will dictate how you fertilize and address soil issues as well. For example, warm-season grasses should be fertilized when they really start to grow (usually late April or May). Cool-season grasses, on the other hand, shouldn’t be heavily fertilized in spring. Instead, do most of your fertilization in the fall, during peak growing season.
You can also prepare for lawn growth by ensuring you have the proper lawn equipment on hand. Whether you’re removing leaves, getting rid of debris, trimming, mowing or some other form of landscaping, maintaining your lawn helps it prepare for seasons of growth. As long as you have the right tools and you’re properly fertilizing, watering and weeding based on your grass type, your lawn will be set up for success.
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