Summer lawn preparation tips

The time is now to think about lawn maintenance

Nothing says spring like a fresh green lawn, which means it’s time to start getting your lawn ready for warmer weather. If winter got the better of your lawn, there are some simple ways you can get your grass looking greener and healthier.

Follow these five easy tips to get your lawn ready for spring — watering, weed control, lawn mower maintenance, fertilizer, and getting rid of brown spots:

Stop weeds before they grow

Treat your lawn with a preventative weed fighter in the early spring for a greener, healthier lawn all summer long. Choose from a wide variety of pre-emergent herbicides. This will help prevent weeds from sprouting all around your lawn in the first place. Pre-emergent herbicides only need to be applied once a year.

If your lawn already has weeds, pull or dig them up by hand or with a weeder. Using a post-emergence herbicide will kill the weeds you have, however, these herbicides can also kill your grass. It is better to take preventative steps to get rid of weeds.

Maintain your lawn mower

As spring rolls around, prepare your lawn mower for another season of work by cleaning the engine, changing the oil filter and fuel, cleaning the undercarriage and sharpening the lawn mower blade.

Water 

The best time to water is between 6 and 10 a.m. because the lawn will have the entire day to dry. If you don’t have time in the morning, water between 4 and 7 p.m. 

Avoid watering between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. because that is the hottest part of the day and most of the water will simply evaporate.

Fertilize 

Using the right lawn fertilizer at the right time can help achieve a lush and green lawn. It’s important to fertilize in the early spring before the lawn enters its peak growing season. Try to fertilize right before a light rain to ensure all of the fertilizer is watered into the ground. Fertilizing before heavy rain often leads to a large amount of your fertilizer running off and polluting waterways.

Eliminate yellow spots

Animal urine contains high levels of nitrogen that can burn the grass. Use mulch or gravel to create a bathroom area for your dog to help prevent yellow spots. Dogs are not the only culprits creating yellow spots on a lawn. Poor soil quality, improper mowing, drought or heat, and even insects can leave discoloration in the yard.