Monday, April 1, 2013

Tips For Early Spring

Spring is almost here!

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and it's time to start thinking about thinking about growing a thick, lush lawn.

There might still be a chill in the air, but it's not too soon to begin giving your lawn the love attention it deserves after a long winter. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  • Fertilization: Spring is a critical time to fertilize your lawn. Proper fertilization replenishes the food reserves your yard draws from while dormant in the winter and fuels rapid growth phase. This will produce a thick, healthy lawn that also helps prevent weeds.
  • Weed Control: Go ahead and apply a pre-emergent weed killer on lawns now to prevent grassy weeds from germinating later this Summer. Maintaining a proper mowing height and fertilization will prevent spring broadleaf weeds like dandelions, clovers and plantains.
  • Pest Control: Proper cultural care is important in helping your lawn recover from stress related winter diseases. Properly timed fertilizer application and mowing at the recommended height for your grass type are two items that will aid in the recovery of your lawn.
  • Mowing: Setting your mower at a very low height can actually increase weeds by exposing the soil surface to sunlight and removing stored nutrients in leaf blades. Cool weather grasses, such as bluegrass, ryegrass and fescues, should maintain a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches. Warm season grasses, like bermuda, zoysia, St. Augustine and centipede, should be kept at 1.5 to 2.5 inches tall. 
For more tips and tricks to keep your yard beautiful, read our newsletter "Let It Grow"

If you live in the Chatham County area (Pittsboro and Siler City), give us a call for a free estimate on lawn care services.

Look at some of the work we've done at Chapel Ridge.