Lawn Care: Ways to Repair Your Lawn After Winter
Freezing temperatures often bring weeds, brown patches, and layers of dead grass to your lawn. But with proper watering, fertilization, and mowing, you can reap a lush, healthy lawn after the winter. By repairing your lawn when winter fades, it will grow strong and be able to endure summer heat and droughts. In today’s blog, Nixa Lawn Service provides some tips to make your grass green as spring comes around.
Mow When the Grass Is Dry
Your grass will start to grow faster as the weather gets warmer. When you begin mowing, try setting the mower blades higher to trim off only the top third of growth. Taller grass develops longer roots, which can achieve a healthier lawn. After the first few grass cuts, you can reset the blades to a lower setting. Also, we recommend that you don’t mow your lawn if it’s still damp from recent snow. Mow once the grass has dried and resumed active growth.
Fertilize and Water Your Grass
Next, fertilize your lawn once it’s growing and you’ve mowed it at least twice. Fertilizer simply provides your grass with the nutrients it needs to function. We recommend using an organic fertilizer that contains a low phosphorus level and releases nitrogen slowly. Water your lawn quickly after applying the fertilizer, which will force the nutrients into the soil and root zone.
This spring, it’s a good idea to water your grass once or twice each week during periods of no rain. Supply enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of six inches.
Apply Weed Killer
Unfortunately, weeds appear during the winter. You can remove them by hand or use a weed killer. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide this spring before new weeds become visible. Then, apply weed killers after your lawn is growing and the weeds have sprouted. Refer to your bag for specific directions, as they can vary among brands. Use a spreader to evenly apply the weed killer to your lawn and then rake out the dead weeds once they’ve died. You may need to reseed areas where the weeds caused thinning or bare patches.
Seed Over Bare Patches
Parts of your lawn may have thinned after a severe winter. You can repair these areas by reseeding with the correct type of grass. Sprinkle the grass seed over the bare patch and cover it with a thin layer of soil. Then, gently water the seeded area twice daily until the new grass grows. If you are unsure about your grass type or if you have questions about repairing bare patches, call the experts at Nixa Lawn Service.
Contact Us for Your Lawn Care Needs
If you’re looking for lawn care in Springfield, MO, Nixa Lawn Service is here to help. Our lawn care services include mowing, fertilization, irrigation, over seeding, and more. You can request a quote online or call us directly at (417) 724-0318.