If you’re like most folks, you’ve been pretty busy for the past few months running here and there- not stopping to rest. And now that the weather’s getting warmer, you’re thrilled to migrate outdoors, only to discover you may have missed your window for early spring lawn maintenance. With traditional fertilizing season passed, you’re thinking it’s too late to optimize. Think again. It’s not too late to improve the health of your lawn and here’s what you can do now to ensure vibrant grass mid-summer.
Pick Up the Rake
While most people think of raking as a fall activity, late spring is the perfect time to give your lawn a once over with a good thorough raking to assess where you need to concentrate your efforts. Raking exposes bare spots, uncovers thatch and gets rid of dead grass that’s just hanging around getting in the way. Besides, a good raking will clear up any matted areas where blades of grass have begun to stick together.
Deal with the Bare Spots
Whether caused by high traffic, neglect or Fido’s favorite spot, bare spots on an otherwise healthy lawn are damaging and just plain ugly. Correcting bare spots, also known as overseeding, is best pursued in the fall when new growth doesn’t have to compete with crabgrass. However, if your lawn is in tough shape and you’re anxious to correct it now, luckily, you still can.
Seed will help to fill in those bare areas, but use a slow release, nitrogen fertilizer and wait until later in the summer to use a quick release fertilizer. It’s important not to overfeed your grass which could introduce weeds or disease. Besides, if you did fertilize last fall, your lawn is still using it.
Get Proactive with Crabgrass
One of the easiest things you can do to keep your lawn healthy in the spring is to start with a quality pre-emergent herbicide. It’s a convenient way to get rid of that soon to come nuisance-crabgrass. But here’s the dilemma. It’s difficult to overseed and control crabgrass at the same time. Why? Most herbicides harm the grass seeds making it counterproductive. Nevertheless, if you plan on overseeding now, look for herbicides that are friendly to grass seed. “Tupersan” is a decent product to try if you plan on overseeding in the spring.
Pull Those Weeds
The bright yellow dandelion isn’t necessarily a pleasant site to a healthy lawn so be sure to “nip it in the bud” before they produce seed. Remember, keeping those weeds under control now will make your job a lot easier when you’re trying to mow and control growth at the same time.
Don’t get discouraged by spring maintenance. It’s never too late to improve the health of your lawn and with a few simple strategies, you can be right on track for gorgeous, vibrant grass come mid-summer. Remember, consistency ensures the best results and a quality product from Uncle Luke’s Feed Store keeps your lawn looking its best-spring, summer or fall. Visit us today to pick up the supplies you need for a healthy, vibrant lawn and get ready for a warm, sunshine filled summer.