The earlier you start lawn care in the spring, the better, in terms of laying a solid foundation for your lawn. You reap what you sow, in other words, so here are the most important things to bear in mind.
1. Lend your soil a hand.
Help your soil be healthier by taking some boosting measures: aerate better, ask your lawn care provider to run some tests to find out what kind of nutrients it would benefit most from and so on. You should really know what soil you’re dealing with before deciding how to care for it.
2. Find the ideal time window for fertilizing.
If your grass is thin or worse, exhibits bald spots, it’s like an open invitation to weeds and all kinds of deriving trouble. To make it grow stronger, apply fertilizer, but at the right time. Consult with your local lawn care company to choose the best product, and then wait until you notice the grass suddenly growing more vigorously. Now is the right time to apply it, since the grass is in its most prolific growth phase.
3. Water smart.
If you water too much, you expose your lawn to becoming more sensitive to drought, to developing fungi (which require moisture to thrive) or worse. On the other hand, not watering enough means not providing adequate lawn care for your yard. To make sure you reach a balance between too much and too little, rely on rain to do the job, unless you notice prolonged periods of drought (though unlikely in Phoenix and Tempe and around)or the temperatures reach 80 degrees. When heat hits, ask your lawn care company for pro-level irrigation services.
4. Manage the weeds.
The stronger and healthier the grass is, the less ground remains for the weeds (literally). So the best weed prevention strategy is actually securing the best lawn care you can get. Also consider investing in good herbicide (particularly an environmental-friendly option), but not when you just seeded a new area of lawn, as it might inhibit growth.
5. Mow smart.
It’s preferable that you mow more often and less of the grass for the best and healthiest results. Ask your lawn care service to not exceed a third of the grass height when mowing. Leave the cut grass where it is, it will decompose and recycle its nutrients into the emerging grass.
6. Your spring to-do list (considering the particular Glendale and Paradise Valley environment):
- Seed the thin or bald spots.
- Apply some organic matter (in a thin layer).
- Invest in advanced irrigation systems.
- Wait with the fertilizer until the grass reaches intense growth phase
- Aerate mature lawns when moist.
- Begin preparing the sprinklers.
For help contact our lawn service company, Green Servpro. We offer lawn care in Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and the surrounding areas.