Now that the snow is beginning to melt and the temperature is okay, you’re thinking about what you need to do to get the lawn ready for its growing season. Here are 4 important things to do this time of year to make sure your lawn will have a leg up on its competition – weeds! Combine these tips with a responsible lawn care provider for a great effect in the spring.
- Clean Up – Over late fall and winter mother nature has had free reign over the lawn, and she’s messy! Make sure to pick up all the branches that have fallen along with the leaves. You can use a rake to get the leaves but be sure to go lightly on the raking. You don’t want to get too aggressive with the rake because you can disturb the soil which gives weed seeds the opening they’re looking for. Also, be sure to clean up the dog poo while you’re out there, your lawn technician will appreciate it.
- Prepare to Mow – Before you mow for the first time of the year, get the mower blade sharpened. There’s a bunch of reasons why lawn companies are always nagging about sharp mower blades, you can find more info here if you want a breakdown. Take the time to get it done right now cause face it, you’re gonna be less likely to do it any other time of the year.
- Mow – Right after getting your freshly sharpened mower blade put back on, its time to set the mowing height on your mower. On this first mowing you can go lower than usual. Its tough to give you an exact measurement because different grass types have different optimum heights, but a height of about 2 to 2.5 inches for Fescue and Bluegrass is good, and 1 to 1.5 inches for Zoysia and Bermuda will work. Those numbers are for the first mow of the year, after that we want to raise the mowing deck.
- Fertilize – It may seem early to start fertilizing but if you’re looking for the best yard on the block award, fertilizing now is going to help the lawn wake up quicker and stronger. This means a greener, thicker lawn earlier than the neighbors. All the lawn companies in this area are waiting for the snow to melt to get started, so don’t be surprised when you start seeing the Pro Turf trucks in your neighborhood in the next few weeks!