Spring is right around the corner so now is a good time for you to begin thinking about your spring lawn care. Even though we experience mild winters here in Florida, your grass still goes dormant in cooler weather. Whether you live in Orlando or Longwood follow our spring lawn care tips for an immaculate lawn this spring.
Do you have a lot of foot traffic on your lawn did you experience a lot of rainfall? These are common reasons your lawn may become compacted. Aeration is the process of removing small plugs of soil from your lawn to help relieve some of this compaction. It’s best to aerate warm-season grasses in late spring to early summer and to aerate cool-season grasses in early spring or fall.
Thatch is a build-up of turfgrass. Too much thatch is bad for your lawn because it can prevent your grass from getting the water and nutrients it needs to thrive. Spring is a great time to dethatch your lawn if you grow cool-season grass.
Most turfgrass in Florida should be fertilized around 4 to 5 times a year. You’ll want to apply fertilizer to your lawn roughly 3 weeks after your grass begins to green. If you apply it too early, you run the risk of fertilizing weeds too. We recommend you test your soil’s PH level and purchase a fertilizer that balances out the acidity on your property.
A good time to start mowing your lawn is when your grass is long enough to be cut and when it’s dry. Also, mow your lawn at a proper height. Cutting your grass too short will help encourage weed growth and put it at risk of drought stress.
Spring is a good time to fix dead patches of grass by filling them in with new grass seed. You’ll want to avoid putting any herbicides on your lawn for at least 60 days after you reseed it. We recommend you cut your grass a little shorter before you overseed to allow the seeds to germinate better and afterward keep your lawn moist.
If you have a lot of Crabgrass invading your lawn, you can apply pre-emergent herbicides to keep the seeds from last summer from germinating. Make sure to follow the instructions on the product for the best timing and tips.
These tips will help you get a head start for a better-looking, lush green lawn. Need help tending to your lawn? Contact your local landscaping company like Grasshoppers. They have the tools and expertise to keep your lawn looking great year-round!