22 Mar Transition to Spring
It is still slightly early to begin proper lawncare practices, however it is never to early to begin proper planning. It is supposed to get below freezing on March 26th and 27th, which is not conducive for any seed that has been laid. Proper practice is to begin applying fertilizer, seed, and chemical right before ground temperature get to 50 degrees. For this reason we have been holding off on lawncare application, but will likely be starting the week of March 28th as it gets warm again. Below is a list of things to check for and get ready for spring:
- Look for gray snow mold. It often takes the form of grayish, roughly circular patches which may seem to have a crusty surface. Snow mold does not seem to be as big of a problem as it was last year. If you suspect you have snow mold, please give us a call. Normally a proper overseeding can take care of the problem.
- Lawns may be damaged if salt got into the lawn during snow removal. The salt works to absorb moisture, preventing your lawn from getting the necessary nutrients. Sometimes the grass will grow back on its own if the salt amount is low. Using a salinity meter will show you if the soil too salty is the best way to check if new soil needs to be placed.
- Remember to sharpen the mowing blades! Mowing with dull blades causes the tip of the grass blade to fray. This creates a yellowing effect on your lawn and increases its susceptibility to pests. Also, mow your lawn in different directions to prevent the blades from leaning over.