Utah weather has been on the edge of spring for about a month now, and that has a lot of us thinking about spring lawn care once again. With lawn care, of course, there are some basic dos and don’ts that you need to keep in mind if you want your lawn to look green and healthy during the spring. Leaving out basic lawn mowing tips—we’re including those in a lengthy blog post of their very own later this month—here are some basic lawn care dos and don’ts for the spring season.
Do test your soil.
Testing your soil will tell you exactly what your soil needs in order for healthy grass to grow. Lawn care professionals are experienced at testing soil and custom blending fertilizer to suit special lawn needs.
Do rake your lawn to clear any debris.
Debris left from the winter can keep some of your grass from getting the vital sunlight it needs for healthy growth. So, be sure to rake your lawn to clear it of any debris. Doing so will not only eliminate debris but also help lift the grass and prepare it to grow.
Do apply compost.
Top dressing your lawn with compost in the spring will add essential nutrients to your soil, improve texture, and even out the landscape for better mowing. If you don’t apply compost to your lawn in the early spring, be sure to use an organic fertilizer once it’s time to fertilize.
Do water deeply, and less frequently.
Watering your lawn deeply (1 to 2 inches of water) about once a week is the best way to give it the moisture it needs while promoting deep root growth. Water in the morning before the heat of midday using a sprinkler or sprinkler system. And if it rains, of course, be sure to take that rainfall into account.
Do take a comprehensive approach.
It’s important to remember that proper lawn care takes a variety of factors into account. It can be somewhat of a science, as you have to balance general grass care, fertilization, weed control, weed prevention, and insect control, all while ensuring that the products you use do not interfere with one another. When in doubt, it’s best to hire a professional like Stewart’s, who can handle all of your lawn care needs in one convenient package.
Don’t use a poison on any part of your lawn.
Most of the time, using a poison on parts of your lawn will do more harm than good. This is because very few poisons kill only the thing that you are after. You may, for example, inadvertently kill “good” bugs or weaken the grass plants. Mixing poison with fertilizer, meanwhile, could cause you to inadvertently apply too much fertilizer to your lawn (in an effort to apply enough poison), causing you to burn your lawn.
Don’t fertilize right away.
Fertilizing your lawn is probably first on your to-do list, but if you fertilized in the fall, you don’t need to do it right away. In fact, waiting until early May will be most advantageous for your lawn, as the soil will be warmer and therefore better able to absorb nutrients from the fertilizer.