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5 Quick Tips for Spring Lawn Care

5 Quick Tips for Spring Lawn Care

Even if the weather in your area is still a bit chilly, it’s time to start thinking about giving your lawn a little TLC.

Spring lawns require extra care following chilly winter temperatures and dormant growth,” said John Buechner, Lawn Doctors Horticulture expert. “It’s also a critical time to take steps to insure a beautiful summer lawn. Fertilization, weed and pest control combined with proper mowing will stop problems before they start and keep your lawn looking its best.”

For many, this means heading down to the local home improvement warehouse to buy chemical products that might produce a green lawn, but will do a great deal of damage to the soil, water, and wildlife in the process.

If you’d rather take a more organic approach to lawn care, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Fertilization: Spring is a crucial time to fertilize because it replenishes the food reserves your yard draws from while dormant in the winter and fuels grass’ rapid growth phase. Hopefully, you’ve been composting your kitchen waste all year long, and you have the means to make compost tea to fertilize your lawn and garden. This will produce a thick, healthy lawn that also helps prevent weeds. (And don’t worry: if you haven’t been composting, there are lots of packaged organic fertilizers on the market, but just like when shopping for organic foods, be careful and read the label).

Weed control: Apply a pre-emergent weed killer on lawns to prevent grassy weeds from germinating. Spring broadleaf weeds like dandelions, clovers and plantains, are best prevented by maintaining a proper mowing height and fertilization. After a mild winter, annual weeds that germinate in the fall, like henbit and chickweed, will be more visible and require higher levels of broadleaf weed control through herbicides. Never use chemical weed killers! Check out natural and effective options like Burn Out, (made from clove oil, vinegar and lemon juice) instead.

Pest control/Disease repair: Severe winters may increase the incidence of winter diseases such as snow mold and Bermuda dead spot. Proper cultural care is important in helping your lawn recover from stress related winter diseases. Properly timed fertilizer application and mowing at the recommended height for your grass type are two items that will aid in the recovery of your lawn.

Mowing: Contrary to popular belief, setting your mower at a very low height can actually increase weeds by exposing the soil surface to sunlight and removing stored nutrients in leaf blades. Cool weather grasses, such as bluegrass, ryegrass and fescues, should maintain a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches. Warm season grasses, like bermuda, zoysia, St. Augustine and centipede, should be kept at 1.5 to 2.5 inches tall. Also, think about skipping the loud, carbon-intensive, gas-powered mower for an electric or human-powered alternative.

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Image Credit: Flickr – gregslandscaping

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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2:09AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

How about....get rid of some of your lawn and plant a garden instead.

5:17PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

1:52PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Thanks for the info.

5:18PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Thanks for the ideas.

11:29PM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

I'm currently focusing on weed control (a LOT of weeds!) and removing lots of rocks from the fenceless yard of grass around my trailer. This has been my first year living in a place where I'm solely in charge of taking care of the yard. Learning a lot!

1:05PM PDT on Mar 25, 2011


4:53AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011


9:22PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

Fertilization is the most important part in gardening.The pest control must be done by experts for less hazels.Nice information and tips.

5:24PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

Did not know that about the lowest level of the mower, noted!

2:17PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

Hearted as a favorite! I have been very interested in learning more about organic fertilizing as well as org.weed control. This article is a keeper! Thank you!

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