As the snow melts this spring it will reveal lawn care issues that need attending to. All too often we’ll see bare spots, snow mold, and strange looking weeds in lawns here in Ohio.
During this critical point in the season, now is the time to fix these problems and more. In this article, we’ll examine how you can get a step ahead of the upcoming season and get your lawn looking great with Weed Pro Lawn Care’s Six Steps to Spring Lawn Care Repair.
Six Steps to a Great Looking Lawn This Spring:
1. Look for Snow Mold in Your Lawn - There is a variety of different snow molds, and you can read more about them here. However 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. Reseed any Bare Spots in Your Lawn - Spring is a great time to do this due to the warm temperatures during the day, and cooler temperatures at night. This makes for ideal growing conditions for seed, and can lead to thickening up thin areas of your lawn.
3. Aerate Your Lawn (If it's Dry) - Spring and fall are also great times to aerate your lawn to relieve compaction in the soil and promote better root system development. DO NOT aerate when your lawn is too wet, as this can cause damage to the fragile grass.
4. Plan a 5-7 Step Lawn Fertilizing Program - A well rounded lawn care program will keep your lawn looking great all year. While some of the “national guys” recommend a 4-Step process; Ohio lawns demand at least 6 applications of fertilizer treatments due to the harsh variance of weather.
5. A Soil Analysis Can Help You Find Out What Your Lawn Needs - Soil modifications are important when necessary, because these treatments can deliver missing nutrients to your soil, making it healthy again. Depending on your geographical location, the nutrients your soil requires will vary. For example, in Cleveland & Columbus lawns, we apply limestone in the spring and the fall (as needed) to help with pH levels.
6. Mowing Properly Helps to Get You Off to a Good Start - 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.
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