When the cherry blossoms are on full display, you know Spring is near. When the grass starts turning green, you know it’s time to drag out the lawnmower. As we turn the corner from Winter, most homeowners are starting to think about their lawns again. There are a number of tasks that should be on your checklist even in the dead of Winter.
When should I start weed treatments? Right now, but it’s always too late. Regardless of what acclaimed experts say, it takes about a year of treatments to get weeds under control. The main goal should be to protect your yard from getting weeds. To accomplish this, pre-emergent chemicals need to be used ahead of the weed seed’s germination period which is controlled by soil temperatures. If you wait until after the germination period, it will be too late and you’ll be fighting weeds the entire season.
What can I do to get my grass to green up quicker? Scalp it! By the time we get to the end of March, we’re most likely past prolonged freezing periods. Go ahead and get rid of that dingy, old grass. It’s doing nothing more than getting in the way of new grass. The more sun that gets to the grass crowns, the faster the soil temps rise, and the faster the grass greens up. As an added benefit, it reduces the amount of thatch that’s produced each year.
Ah ha, what is thatch? Thatch is basically a layer of junk that builds up over time on top of the soil. It can really put a strain on your grass’ ability to get vital water and nutrients to the root system. Good news is there is a solution. Once you’re 100% sure the cold weather is behind you, go get an aerator or find a local professional who will poke some holes in the ground for you. Aerations bring those tiny little organisms to the surface to eat the thatch. And in turn, all the essential nutrients have a chance to get in the root system.
How often should I mow the grass? In an ideal world, every three days. But realistically, make sure you are mowing at least once a week. Warm season grasses love being cut. The more frequently they are cut, the more the grass is trained to grow outward. Outward growing grass produces thick and full blades as opposed tall and lanky.
Bag or don’t bag the clippings? That’s a personal preference but we would recommend you don’t. The clippings still contain nutrients and chemicals that would be beneficial to the rooted grass. Save yourself some extra time and back ache by leaving that bagger on the shelf.
Thank you for checking out our blog. Stay tuned next week for Part 2!