Spring is a critical time of year when it comes to preparing your lawn for a successful growing season. It is the steps that you take now that will result in your lawn either thriving or diving over the upcoming months. So clean off those tools and follow these steps to give your lawn everything it needs to grow into that lush, green lawn that you will love, and your neighbors will envy!
#1: Deal With The Weeds
At this point in the year there are three ways you can deal with those pesky weeds that, if left alone, will steal essential nutrients from your lawn.
Those ways are:
- Pre-emergent herbicides – This first method must be applied BEFORE the weeds have begun sprouting. These herbicides put a stop to weed germination by blocking essential enzymes the weeds need to spread. This, in turn, will stop those weeds from getting a foothold in your lawn.
- Post-emergent herbicides – This method is to be applied AFTER weeds have begun sprouting. These herbicides will systematically attack the flow of nutrients to the weed’s root system, resulting in the elimination of the weed itself.
- Hand pulling – While more tedious than the other two methods, hand-pulling weeds is extremely effective. When pulling, be sure to remove the root with the weed. If the root isn’t removed by hand, be sure to get a tool to dig the root out to prevent the weeds from growing back.
#2: Fertilize Properly
After dealing with those pesky weeds, the next step in getting that thriving springtime lawn is proper fertilization. Knowing which type of fertilizer to apply, and when to apply it is key when it comes to providing your lawn with those important nutrients for lush, healthy growth.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The main ingredients – The three main ingredients in fertilizer are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Nitrogen is key for rapid growth and seed development. Phosphorous is key for flower production and root development. And potassium is key for the overall strengthening of the grass.
- Slow release vs. Quick release – While a quick release fertilizer is better for providing your lawn with immediate nutrients, a slow release fertilizer is better in the spring. Why? Because it provides your lawn with a steady amount of nutrients over a period of time (throughout the spring), as opposed to all the nutrients at once.
- Proper balance – Knowing which balance of nutrients is needed for your lawn at any particular time is important. In the spring, you want to aim for a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and potassium, and low in phosphorous.
Knowing which type of fertilizer is best for your lawn at any particular time can be difficult. But we’re here to help! With our custom fertilization program, we will answer all your fertilizer questions, while providing your lawn with all the proper nutrients it needs.
#3: Lawn Disease Identification and Prevention
You’ve done an excellent job with controlling weeds, and you’ve been up to speed with proper lawn fertilizations. Even so, there is another threat to your lawn this spring, lawn diseases.
Two common lawn diseases to watch out for in Michigan are:
- Dollar spot – this fungus is quick to take over your lawn. If you notice “patchy” spots in your lawn where the grass is dead, or dying, it is most likely being caused by this particular fungus. Prevent dollar spot with proper mowing, proper fertilization, and by keeping your lawn clean and free of debris. Any lawn debris will trap moisture, which can spark this fungus.
- Red thread – This is another fungus, which will cause your grass to die out, leaving behind red fibers on the grass’ tips. This disease is caused by a lack of nitrogen in the soil, combined with hot weather and high humidity. Prevent red thread with proper fertilization and watering.
If your lawn has played victim to any lawn diseases, contact Turf Tenders to hear about our lawn disease treatment program.
#4: Contact The Professionals
If you’re striving for that healthy, pristine looking lawn that you will love this year, contact the professionals in spring lawn care at Turf Tenders. Our weed control, fertilization, and disease prevention services will provide your lawn with everything it needs to thrive, giving you the best lawn on the block all year long!
Contact us here, or give us a call today at (248) 541-5296 to hear more!