Early Spring Turf Maintenance

Here in the greater Dallas area, the turfgrass lawns are made up of warm-season grasses. Popular warm-season grasses in our area are Bermuda, St. Augustine, and Zoysia. While the individual types of grasses have differences, the basics for taking care of them remains the same. As the cold weather starts to fade away and we welcome warmer weather it is time to start prepping your lawn for the growing season.

Spot Treatment

Apply a spot treatment of post-emergent herbicides on the green growing weeds in your brown dormant grass.

General Clean-Up

Take a stroll through your lawn and pick-up any twigs, leaves, or rocks that may migrated there over the winter.

Pre-Emergent

Get the jump on weeds before they even sprout. Fight off crab grass that is trying to establish itself by applying pre-emergent.

Mowing & Edging

As Temperatures continue to rise your grass will start to grow. The first few cuts of your lawn should be shorter than normal. Collect the clippings and do not compost them. Instead, place them in a paper bag for lawn pick up. Dormant grass can harbor disease, it is best to dispose of the clippings for the first three mowing sessions. Keep your grass between 2-3 inches, never cutting more than 1/3 of its height.

Fertilizing

Fertilizer helps keep your lawn healthy and green. Make sure to apply fertilizer evenly to avoid long patches in the turfgrass. Your lawn should be fertilized 2 to 4 times per year, early spring, late spring, summer, and fall. In the spring use a weed and feed product. Weed and feed products contain both fertilizer and pre-emergent.

Watering

You should have your irrigation lines serviced after every winter. Having a professional check your system can save you money and headaches through the year. They check to make sure there are no leaks and your equipment is functioning properly. After your lines have been serviced its time to get back to watering your lawn on a regular basis if you have not been. Watering your lawn should be longer in time and less frequent. Water first thing in the morning to avoid burn off. Make sure you follow the watering code in your area.

De-thatching

According to the Spruce, “dethatching” is the mechanical removal of dead turfgrass. This layer of dead turfgrass creates a barrier keeping water, air, and nutrients from getting to your turf’s roots. Thatch, if left, can harbor disease and fungus. Dethatch your lawn between March and May.

Hire a Professional

If the thought of the up-keeping your lawn puts knots in your stomach we are here to help. We make customizable plans to fit everyone’s lawn care needs. Give us a call today to set up your consultation!

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