Lawn care in spring can be roughly divided into three stages – early spring, mid spring, and late spring. In early spring you’re getting prepared to launch into heavy-duty lawn care when the ground warms up and dries out. In mid spring you’re caring for your turf to make sure it’s well maintained and is looking its best. In late spring you’re preparing your lawn for the harsher heat of summer and making sure it’s strong enough to make it through the drier months.
Having a spring lawn care schedule will make sure you don’t miss any crucial step in keeping your lawn in A-1 condition.
Early spring involves a lot of preparation. It’s the time to check out what will need to be done when the weather warms up and the ground dries up, and to make sure you’re ready to launch straight into lawn care when that time comes.
The first step is getting your mower ready:
Have it serviced by a professional if you can’t manage these by yourself – don’t just ignore it!
Have a good look at your lawn to work out just what you’ll need to do to bring your lawn back to full health. This includes checking for browned patches, pests, and weeds. Clear any debris or other junk off of your lawn so that it can soak up every last drop of sun.
Next, you want to go to your local hardware and gardening store to stock up on the products you are going to need:
Then, order your lawn seeds from McKays so that you’re ready to reseed.
With all this prep work you should be all ready to hit the ground running in…
Two very important jobs need to be done first, and as early as possible, in mid spring – aeration and fertilising. As soon as the weather has dried up enough and there is consistent amounts of sunlight, jump out there and get these done.
Aeration is usually the first step on the soil maintenance checklist, as aeration allows oxygen, fertiliser, and water to reach the roots of your lawn better. You want to get it done earliest so that your grass is receiving nutrients ASAP. It’s also a handy job to get done early as aeration is best done on damp soil, whereas many other jobs require drier ground.
As soon as you’ve aerated, apply the fertiliser. In spring you’ll apply fertiliser twice – once now (early-mid spring) and once later in the season. It’s crucial for healthy lawn growth.
Next it’s time to apply the pre-emergent herbicide which will stop weeds in their tracks.
Finally, in your first-thing-in-mid-spring schedule is to reseed or overseed your lawn. This will cover any bare spots, thin spots, or dead patches, and ensure a thick and even turf coverage.
Once you’ve managed to get all of these essential early jobs out of the way, you’ll find that your lawn bursts into life. The latter part of mid spring is all about mowing.
Late spring is when the days start getting hotter and drier. Your lawn care schedule will involve watering and pest control to make sure your turf is strong enough to make it through the summer.
Following your spring lawn care schedule should result in a strong, pest- and weed-free, nutrient-rich lawn which will power through summer looking green and lush.