Insights about Spring Lawn Care
by LAWN CARE SERVICE Clermont
Recovery of Spring Lawn after Heavy Winter
This blog was written for those who have a healthy lawn and are a bit concerned due to rough winter conditions. We hope to inform you about the steps you will need to take and guide you to recover your garden during the spring season. With Lawn Service Clermont, we provide the best service when it comes to lawn care.
With that let's get started. When the temperature reaches 40 degrees rake the lawn lightly and by using the thatch rake to avoid pulling it up or digging it deep. When the ground is still frozen, we don’t need to put fertilizer on it, what we can only do is light raking. Since the ground is frozen, the grass is now malleable, and the temperature is above 40 degrees, and the grass is soft and pliable.
During spring, as the sun starts to shine at a more direct angle, the grasses will begin to come up on their own. Raking or scarifying the lawn is an extremely beneficial long term procedure. Many people who take great care for their turf don't know that it is in the wrong time for grooming or a faulty conditions. You may cause damage to your lawns and worsen the problems. When raking in spring, we usually remove some lingering leaves and grass blades that were not able to survive during winter. When these leaves were left alone, it adds to your lawn’s thatch layer and sometimes loosens clumps of grass by snow mold that caused it.
When should I rake my lawn?
It’s always best to give time to warm up and let it dry and rouse it from slumbering before raking it. Just wait, sit back until the snow has melted and thawed and turf begins to turn green before you start to rake the grass in spring. I know some of you has a green thumb and been gardening most of your life, but with this case, we need to wait for ample time to start raking your lawn to avoid those fresh grasses from being pulled off.
Aeration is a vital solution to have a healthy lawn for any soil that was compacted. It always depends on the ground as to when you will aerate your lawn. The perfect time is from late spring to early summer to add a process of aeration to your warm season grasses and fall is the best time for cool-season types. It will benefit the health of your lawn and allows the roots to grow thicker and stronger. Through thatch build up and improving your grass access to nutrients, aeration will also protect your landscape from diseases and harsh weather, promoting a freshness to your lawn that will give you a healthy and resilient lawn. During this time seeding becomes more beneficial and will allow for better seed to soil contact for growth and germination.
Effects of Aeration
* Oxygen will reach the lawns roots and soil.
* Some nutrients will enter the ground and will be in contact with sources.
* Water will soak into the soil and will easily reach the grass root zone.
* Thatch is physically disrupted.
* Compacted soil will be loosened.
In some cases, your lawn may need additional treatment. Clermont lawn care service can assist you with these aspects of taking care of your garden. Take the guesswork out of making sure your lawn is taken care of and join our lawn care programs. Please contact us through our website and to our call us at 352-254-8973.
Mowing seems simple, but whenever you cut your grass, you’re paving the way for your lawn’s success or failure. You need to groom the turf properly to make it look healthy, drought-tolerant and thick to crowd out weeds. Incorrect mowing may result to be a struggling lawn for surviving. Mow it in a timely fashion.
Avoid scalping the lawn too much as it is vulnerable to some diseases and weed infestation. Scalped lawns tend to be weak as the process exposes the soil; turf that is being cut too short will lead to an inadequately developed root system which makes the lawn more susceptible to severe drought.
Sharpening of mower blade will have a good result; sharpen the blades at least a few times during the mowing season. Avoid mowing thick branches to avoid blade dulling. Some lawns that grow on the shady part of your yard have a higher benefit of mowing height, and this has a greater surface area for proper photosynthesis. Avoid mowing in soggy soil, or you’ll risk creating wheel ruts and tearing up grass. If you do mow the grass in a wet area, treat the underside of your mower with oil or silicone spray to prevent grass from sticking. The act of mowing will create severe stress on grass plants. Are you mowing the grass during the heat of the day? Some grass plants will lose more water and will recover more slowly than mowing on cold days. When a lawn is in the shade, it loses less water when being cut and is quicker to rebound.
Grass-cycling is letting the lawn clippings lay after cutting. Lawn clippings can provide up to 25 percent of lawn fertilizer needs so that you will save some dough on the fertilizer. It works best with lawns that was being mowed frequently and when only one-third of the grass blade length has been removed. Avoid mowing the yards in the same direction, as you will risk compacting the soil and will create ruts. This can lead to an unhealthy lawn, and place where weeds are more likely to thrive in the compacted soil.
When mowing on a slope, proper care of mowing should be observed. Never mow a hill when the grass is wet. Because this may lead to injury as the lawn will be slippery. Push the mower across the incline not up and down. Use a string trimmer when it is a short or small slope and consider replacing grass with a low maintenance ground cover when the hill is steep.
When to fertilize my lawn?
Grass-type dictates the timing of fertilization. There are many varieties of grasses, but only two main types—cool-season and warm-season grasses. In general, cool-season grasses grow in northern states, and warm-season grasses grow in southern states. In springtime is the best time to fertilize your lawn and when the soil reaches the temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. You will know when the earth warms up because grass starts growing.
When professional landscapers apply fertilizer, they spray the entire garden in a short amount of time. The pros that do this process know how to factor in the element of wind and make sure there is good coverage. Take note that in lawn care, you should also be reading the fertilizer label carefully to know whether it needs to be watered before or after applying the fertilizer. Your spring fertilizer should be applied roughly three weeks after grass starts greening. Don't risk feeding weeds and creating fertilizer runoff by using the product too soon. These early applications also promote lush blade growth at a time when roots may not have started their spring growth spurt.
The need for watering your lawn in the spring is determined by region. If your yard is in the mountain and arid desert areas, as the temperature climbs, you should continue watering in spring, just as you have been throughout the winter. Also, continue if rainfall is scarce. Watering frequency should increase as temperatures rise. In the southwest, spring winds begin to build, and watering frequency should increase. If you are in the North, Midwest and Pacific Northwest areas, you may not need to water your lawn as spring rains typically provide enough moisture for awakening lawns. Avoid the temptation to water as a means of greening up grass. Let it green up naturally, and water only if rains are scarce and grass shows signs of dehydration.
Weeds – these are a problem in every lawn. If broad-leaf weeds like dandelions taken over your yard, fall is the time to combat those. In the fall, weeds are in the energy-absorbing mode. They are taking in everything that comes their way, including weed killers. With this type of issue, you need to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to keep seeds that were dropped last summer from germinating. Be sure to consult the label on the fertilizer as it will have advice about the application timing of that product. By using a pre-emergent herbicide, you need to know its right application for your issue. Read the package label before use. Most herbicide manufacturers recommend applying the weed killer during early-to-mid autumn when daytime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.