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How to Bring Your Lawn from Winter into Spring

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Bring You Lawn into Season the Right Way


 

After the record setting snow fall of 2015 I think it’s pretty safe to say that we are all ready to say good bye to Winter and welcome Spring with open arms. Once the snow melts and you get a warm weekend, things happen quickly and if you don’t stay vigilant, the next thing you know, the lawn is loaded with weeds.

 

 

When should we start?

 

Trying to look at it as a whole can seem overwhelming so let’s discuss working on the most pressing issues and do some prioritizing. The Scotts Lawn Schedule is a great place to start and a handy tool to have in your favorites list. It will tell you what you should be doing to your lawn throughout the year. Staying on this schedule will assure that your lawn will always look great.

 

 

 

What does my lawn need?

 

Unfortunately there is more to a lawn than just feeding it. Warm season grasses are handled a little differently than the cool season grasses just north of us. Here in Georgia, we deal with both cool season and warm season grasses. To understand what these fertilizers do and the different requirements of each type of grass, CLICK HERE.

 

How to bring warm season grasses into season?

 

In the south, in early March, landscapers and lawn guys are out scalping warm season grasses, getting them ready to flush out green growth. Scalping a lawn simply means that you are putting your bagger on the mower, dropping the cutting height down and bagging up the dormant, dead grass and disposing of it. This allows sunlight to get to the ground, warming the soil quicker, eliminating fungus causing moisture, making the lawn green up quicker.

 


 

 

How to bring cool season grass into season?

 

 

Even though Fall is ideal for overseeding your cool season grasses (Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass), Spring is also a very good time to do this. Once low temperatures get around 50 degrees, you are safe to overseed. Cool season grasses do not need to be scalped and like to be cut higher than the warm season grasses. If your lawn looks good and does not require overseeding then you will follow the schedule above and apply your pre-emergent around March.

 

 

 

 

These are the basics. There are thousands of different circumstances for each yard, like different sun exposures, soil types and deficiencies, climates and lawn usages. I prefer to give every lawn individual treatment. Tell us about your lawn and let us get you set in the right direction to make your lawn look beautiful.


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What are the benefits of putting down a fall lawn fertilizer?

 

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Scotts lawn care program- schedule

 

12 Essential Nutrients Plants Need To Stay Healthy

 

What are the numbers on fertilizer? What are the different types of grass?

 

 

 

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Posted 2015-03-01T19:21:07+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL
 
Good posting to couple with your "Raise Your Yard IQ" post!  Good info since weeds are always an everpresent issue.  Thanks!
Posted 2015-03-13T18:30:33+0000  by Cree
 
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