If you come across moss plants, then your yard has an acidity problem, which you can correct by applying lime. Please note that weeds prefer acidic lawns, while grass loves a neutral pH. In addition, keep in mind that the liming takes time before it takes effect. Furthermore, liming is only a corrective measure meant to lower the acidity of your lawn and make it favorable for the grass to grow. You, therefore, should know the pH of your yard to determine the lime per square foot you need for your spring lawn preparation.
Irrigate Sparingly And Hold Off The Mowing
You might have the urge to water your grass once you see the new shoots of grass growing. However, there is generally plenty of water in the ground in the early spring months due to rain. Wait to water until the weather starts becoming warm. Doing this will allow the grass to have firm roots. If you must water the grass, then do it sparingly as you focus on the patches that have a less springy growth than the rest of the yard. Water once or twice a week, depending on the amount of rain and weather conditions.
As for mowing, you should hold off until the grass has grown significantly and has strong support. Mowing your grass too early can agitate the grass. Let the grass grow and be an inch or two taller than your mower blade. Remember to irrigate your lawn first then give it a day or two before you mow the grass. Do not mow new grass shoots when the weather is wet, and avoid walking on the grass to allow it to sprout and be healthy and robust.
Re-Seeding and Spring Lawn Preparation
By this point in the spring lawn preparations, you will have noticed sections of the yard that have little to no growth. You may want to consider re-seeding these patches. Keep in mind that the problem could be caused by pre-emergent weed control.
Avoid planting new grass in sections that have a weed problem. Focus on the areas that are not affected by the herbicide. When reseeding, make sure you cover the affected areas evenly. Irrigate the earth often in the re-seeded patches more than on the healthy grass.
Final Notes on Spring Lawn Preparation
Early spring lawn preparation is the key to robust growth and healthy grass. If you follow the tips given above, then you will be well on your way to a happy and healthy lawn. Spring is the ideal time to give your yard the extra love and attention it needs to recover from the crippling grip of winter and have a weed-free growth for the rest of the year. Not sure if your schedule allows the time needed for spring lawn preparation? Contact the lawn care experts of Lee’s Summit, Summit Turf Services, today!