Spring is arriving, and lawns are waking up! We are certainly excited to be back out on yards. Here are three short tips on early spring lawn care to help increase your lawn-joyment.
Clean up late fall and winter debris
Leaves, sticks or trash may end up collecting on your lawn over the late fall and winter. Sometimes this material gets matted down on the lawn with snow and rain. Raking or blowing off the material allows for the full effects of sunlight to awaken your grass. A clear lawn also allows your first lawn application to achieve full results.
Have you had recent seeding done?
Sometimes seeding or over-seeding is done to lawns in the late fall (after the last applications) or early spring. Please let us know if this is the case on your lawn. Our early spring applications contain pre-emergent which will prevent grass seed from germinating. Contact us via text at 260-489-2500 or email email@example.com so we can make a note in our system and adjust your first application to exclude pre-emergent.
Mowing time is coming soon. As you head out to begin mowing for the season, be mindful of your height settings. Here are Purdue Agronomy’s recommendations for optimum mowing heights:
- Cool season fine blade grasses (bluegrass, ryegrass, fine fescues) 2.0 – 3.5 inches
- Cool season tall fescues (turf-type fescue) 3.0 – 4.0 inches
If you stick your hand straight down to the ground after mowing, the tops of the grass blades should come to around the spot where your finger meets your palm.
Not too short! Purdue Agronomy also notes from research:
- The higher you mow a grass plant, the deeper the roots.
- Deeper roots mean a larger reservoir from which to draw water.
- Almost all turfgrass root growth for cool-season grasses is in April-May and October-November.
Additionally, cutting your grass too short allows greater exposure of the areas between the grass plants which creates openings for weeds or moss to develop.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the best ways to prepare your lawn for spring, call us at 260-489-2500, contact us via our website at crownandblade.com, or simply reply to this post.
May your lawn bring you joy!
The Crown and Blade Team