It’s almost that time of year again; the temperature is predicted to reach positive double digits next week and the first day of spring is less than three weeks away. It’s time to start thinking about your lawn after winter.
Knowing where to start can be difficult. This is the planning stage of your lawn care program and it will have a large impact on how successful you and your grass is all season long.
First off, we recommend reading our blog post from earlier in the winter, “5 Ways Winter can Affect Your Lawn.” This blog touches lightly on several different effects the cold weather and snow can have on your lawn as well as some tips that may help your lawn recuperate around this time. This list includes things such as snow mould, crown hydration, winter desiccation, salt damage and death.
Because snow has been so rare this winter, it’s unlikely that many lawns are suffering from snow mould. However, without snow cover, the direct exposure to extreme cold temperatures and constant fluctuations in temperature (which are usually more damaging) has likely increased.
These conditions are more likely to cause crown hydration and winter desiccation.
When the time is right, there are two steps you should follow when your lawn after winter is suffering from one of these ailments:
Step 1: Get a Lawn Analysis
Your number one priority is to assess the extent of the damage so you can start to rectify all of the current issues as soon as possible. Hometurf Lawn Care offers lawn analysis and includes it in both our Deluxe and Complete Programs.
We can identify the severity of the harm to your lawn and if total re-construction isn’t needed, we can start helping your lawn recover from the damage done over the winter months.
Step 2: Execute Plan
Once you’re aware of the problem, you’ll be able to encourage your lawn’s recuperation by performing maintenance tasks such as applying fertilizer, performing core aeration, overseeding and de-thatching.
These services are available as part of our season long packages. Our Deluxe Program can help jump start your lawn with its early spring fertilizer treatment and lawn analysis, or our Complete Program which also adds core aeration and over- seeding. Typically, thatch can be managed by raking in the spring. However, if your lawn has a significant thatch build-up, De-Thatching (Power-Raking) can be added to any of our service packages. Click here for more details and to get a free, instant quote on your lawn.
Looking at your lawn after winter can be overwhelming, but it often isn’t as bad as it looks. With the proper care, like that from Hometurf Lawn Care, your lawn will be lush, healthy and green in no time.