During the winter months, lawn care is often regarded as a low priority task. But, as the weather begins to warm up for spring and the grass starts turning green again, it’s time to jump back into action to ensure a healthy, pest-free lawn for the summer months ahead.
Here are a few things you can do now to remove pests and prepare your lawn for spring:
Weeds can be your lawn’s biggest enemy, and a pest’s biggest ally for shelter. The first step to preparing your garden is to pull out all plant weeds, crab grass and other grassy weeds. Once this is done, it may be necessary to treat your lawn with weed control products to kill off any widespread invasions.
Clear the way
Windy days, continuously falling leaves and patches of dead, dry grass may mean that your yard is in dire need of a good tidying. Take the time to rake up all leaf litter and organic debris, dead or alive, that has accumulated over winter. Not only will excess debris prevent your grass from growing in areas, but leaf piles are also the perfect nesting sites for a number of pests.
Remove lawn thatch
Thatch is the layer of organic plant material that builds up between the green top growth and the base of grass. This happens naturally as the grass grows and sheds shoots, stems and roots. The problem with excessive thatch is that it can keep moisture, oxygen and nutrients from getting into the soil. To make sure that you completely remove the thatch, mow the lawn a little shorter than you usually would the first time around, and aerate it using a lawn aerator or fork rake.
Lay down fertiliser
The hot winter sun can leave your grass dry and colourless as it depletes a lot of the nutrients that keep it green and healthy. Covering your lawn with quality fertiliser at the start of spring will replenish any lost nutrients and pave the way for better growth before the rainy season hits.
As warmer weather approaches, it may be tempting to water your lawn as much as possible to get it growing, but beware of overwatering. Not only can this damage your lawn in the long run, but standing water and damp areas can attract unwanted pests to your yard. Establishing a regular watering schedule will ensure you’re giving your lawn the water it needs, while saving water and keeping pests away.
If your lawn is looking a little shabby around the edges after the winter slump, there’s still hope. The Specialists offers a proven 6 step lawn care service to ensure a lush, green and healthy lawn for spring and heading into summer.