Now that the snow is finally melting and the weather is starting to warm up in Minnesota, it’s time to start thinking about your lawn. Winter can be tough on grass, so it’s important to give it some TLC in the spring. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for getting your lawn looking its best!
Cleaning Up After Winter’s Wrath
The first step in spring lawn care is to clean up what’s left behind from Old Man Winter! Snow pack over the past several months can damage turf and plants, so reseeding may be necessary. Along with cleaning out landscape beds where debris such as leaves and sticks have accumulated.
Mowing Once The Grass Starts to Grow
Next is to make sure that you are mowing regularly and at the right height. It’s important to set your mower blades high enough so they don’t cut off too much of the grass blade. This will help your lawn look lush and green as we head into the warmer months. A good height for spring time is around 3″.
Next, you should fertilize your lawn in the spring, ideally with a crabgrass pre-emergent. Fertilizer helps replenish nutrients in the soil and can give your lawn a big boost and the pre-emergent chemical will help keep grassy weeds at bay.
Weed Control Application
Once your grass has started growing, it’s time to start thinking about weed control. The easiest way to control weeds is with pre-emergent herbicides that prevent weeds from germinating. But if they’ve already sprouted you’ll need a post-emergent herbicide, this is commonly used for broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, etc.
Lastly, make sure that your lawn is well-watered. This is especially important once the heat ramps up. A lawn should be watered every other day throughout the growing season with longer duration to ensure the soil is receives enough moisture so the roots can grow strong.