Spring grass rarely looks its best after a long, hard winter. It requires routine care and maintenance to restore it to its full beauty. Spring grass treatment will also lay the foundation for a lush, green, healthy summertime lawn. Despite the very real possibility of an early spring with warmer than usual temperatures, a home owner must refrain from jumping in to begin spring lawn care right away. The first step to establishing a successful lawn is to make sure spring has truly arrived before treatment of the grass begins.
Consider the earliest part of spring a good time to clean up leaves that have fallen over the fall and winter but were not promptly picked up. Vigorously raking the lawn also helps aerate it. Removing the winter debris, dead lawn blades, thatch and leaves helps air to circulate between the grass blades so any fungus does not have a chance to gain a foothold in the lawn. If fungus is a serious problem in the area, consider applying a springtime fungicide treatment to the lawn.
Spring is the perfect time to undertake springtime reseeding treatments, according to the University of Wisconsin. Wintertime snow accumulation often causes areas of dead lawn that will not recover. Thoroughly rake the area to remove the dead grass, then lightly spread a mixture of grass seeds with soil over the bare spot. Remember to water the area and keep it moist so the seeds can begin to germinate. Springtime germination may be delayed if the soil temperature remains cold.
As the soil begins to dry out after the last of the winter snow, begin to water the grass. Most grass requires 1 inch of water per week to establish itself. Beginning to water in the spring will help the lawn establish a thick root system that can sustain it through summertime drought. Avoid watering the lawn in the spring if the soil still feels like a wet sponge. Grass that gets too much water is susceptible to a wide variety of fungal infections.
Weeds can often begin to pose a serious problem in the springtime so prompt treatment will be required to prevent the weeds from overtaking the grass. Dandelions are prolific springtime weeds that often plague homeowners. Crabgrass also begins to grow in the spring. Apply a pre-emergence herbicide treatment to the lawn at least two weeks before dandelions and crabgrass are expected to begin growing in the region. By treating the weeds in the springtime you can gain a firm hold over their growth and prevent the weeds from overtaking a summertime lawn.
Growth and Care
The lawn will commence to grow in the spring months as the soil heats up. Both grass and weeds usually begin to grow when the soil reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Iowa State University. Consider mowing the lawn for the first time when it reaches 3 inches in height. Cutting the grass to a height of approximately 2 1/2 inches will help shade out weeds and aid the grass in beginning to grow an abundant root system.