Spring Lawn Care Tips

Spring Lawn Care Tips

As the snow melts this spring it will reveal lawn care issues that need to be taken care of. All too often we’ll see bare spots, snow mold, and strange looking weeds in lawns here in the South Bend area. Spring is a critical time when it comes to lawn care, and now is the time to fix these problems and more. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how you can head these problems off – and how Turfmen can do it for you if you’re too busy to do it yourself.

1. Often in Michiana lawns the melting of snow reveals areas of mold throughout our yards. This common sight is referred to as snow mold. There are a variety of different snow molds, but for the sake of this article, ridding your lawn of snow mold begins with lightly fluffing the effected grass with a rake, to let the oxygen get underneath it. If the snow mold persists, a fungicide application can finish this fungus off.

2. Next, it’s important to apply new seed to any bare spots in your yard. Spring is a great time to do this – warm temperatures during the day and cooler night time temps are ideal growing conditions for seed, and can lead to thickening up of sparse areas in your lawn.

3. Spring and fall are also great times to aerate your lawn, in order to fix compaction in the soil and assist with root system development. Take care to never aerate when the lawn is too wet, so as to keep from damaging it.
4. Plan (and maintain) a regular fertilization schedule. A well rounded lawn care program will keep your lawn looking great all year. While some of the “national guys” recommend a 6 or 7-step process Turfmen has developed a 5-step system tailored specifically for lawns in the Midwest. It provides for a more consistent and even yard, and helps to eliminate the green/brown/green/brown cycle that we so often see in area lawns.

5. Soil modifications are important when necessary, because these treatments can deliver missing nutrients to your soil, making it healthy again. Depending on your particular soil composition, Turfmen can recommend an appropriate application schedule.

6. Properly mowing your lawn may seem like the easiest part of lawn care. However, it is one of the most important, and sometimes damaging, things you can do for your lawn. Keeping your lawn mower blades sharp can prevent tearing of the grass blades that can lead to disease. Also, be sure to mow often, removing no more than 1/3 of the blade at a time.

This may seem like a lot of work to handle on top of your already busy schedule, but you have an alternative. You can give Turfmen a call at 574-250-7281 and sign up today for a custom Lawn Maintenance Program. Let your lawn be a pleasant place for play and relaxation – Turfmen can handle the rest.

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