4 Spring Lawn Care Tips for the Twin Cities
Spring is such a fun time for those of us paying attention to the quality of lawns in the South Metro Twin cities. Spring is when the breeze is still cool, the sun is starting to be a bit warmer, the days have lengthened, and greenery is starting to burst into our lives again.
A great summer lawn starts out with spring maintenance and care. Winter does all sorts of nasty things to a lawn, including changing the Ph balance, altering it with snow mold, and other things that create conditions that weeds love – and turf hates.
Post Winter, your lawn is prime for weeds
It’s critical to mow, fertilize, and feed your lawn correctly in the spring, because the soil is in this altered state that can easily allow weeds such as crab grass, dandelions, and other invasive species, to capitalize and dominate. In fact, it’s always strange how easily the weeds will pop up in a perfectly kept lawn if things aren’t handled properly.
Green and Weed Free lawns are easy with AAA Lawn Service of Burnsville Minnesota
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We’ve been in business since 1993, and have a long line of satisfied clients coming back to us year after year. The Lawn Institute is a great resource for lawn care information.
4 Spring Lawn Care Tips out of the South Metro Twin Cities
1 – Repair and Clean your Lawn’s Winter Aftermath
We all know that the Minnesota winter is devastating for people, but it can alter the state of your lawn quite a bit. If your lawn was maintained well last year, giving it a little bit of raking is a good idea, particularly in the spots that have dried out.
Fixing Problem Areas
As we mentioned before, the lawn is in this altered state after the winter, with adjusted Ph levels and low nutrients, which gives weeds an unfair start. It’s because of this, you’ll need to address the problem areas quickly.
Minnesota lawns suffer when there’s been low spots and high spots on the lawn. The low spots will have pooled the thawed snow, and the high ground is already weak because it was scalped with the lawn mower and dried out during the winter.
We recommend to address these low spots by using a shovel to cut away areas that are raised and fill in those that are sunken. It you just fix it a couple of years in a row, you shouldn’t have such a difficult time every year.
Use a Garden Fork to test for Soil Density Problems
Soil compaction is a problem for areas that get lots of foot traffic around doors, playground equipment, pathways, or other areas. If your garden fork tines can’t push in about 2 inches, then the area is probably compacted too much, and you should aerate the lawn with core aeration so that the soil is loose enough to allow roots to grow easily.
Rake the Thatch in Problem Areas
If you’ve got a thick layer of thatch on your lawn, then it would be helpful to use a thatching rake and remove it. Dead grass and other roots above the ground, can make it difficult for the grass or turf to get the nutrients it needs.
2 – Spring Grass Planting
Spring can be a great time to overseed your lawn so that you can have a diversity of grass growth. Just like trees, there should be various levels of maturity in your grass, so that it can be heartier and more robust. Not only that, but it will continue to keep your grass green and weed free.
Seeding in the spring should be done carefully and attention to soil conditions, core aeration, and other factors are important. Again, this is something that AAA Lawn and Landscape can help you with, so that your lawn is ready for grandkids, children, tossing the football, or a water fight.
3 – Fertilize in the spring
Fertilizer and herbicides will help you feed your lawn properly and destroy the invasive species that are waiting to pounce on your beautiful green turf. Remember, the problem is that these weeds are very dominant in the spring conditions where the soil has been altered so much, so once you’ve addressed the soil quality and the grass seeding, it’s time for fertilizer and herbicide.
We recommend that you be very careful in this, because applying fertilizer incorrectly can damage your lawn a great deal.
Pre-emergent – herbicide that works to attack the weeds and seeds lying dormant, is especially important in the Minnesota conditions.
We’re passionate about helping homeowners address these problems, so please reach out and learn more about our lawn care and fertilizer services.
4 – How to mow your grass in the spring
We are all tempted to set our mowers low so that we don’t have to mow as often, but there’s a huge problem with that; it’s harmful for grass and helpful for weeds.
Taller grass is more resilient, and able to hold onto the nutrients better, remaining the dominant plant in the ground. But when you cut it too short, the nutrients are ripped away, and the grass is exposed to sharper temperature fluctuations.
It’s because of this, we highly recommend that you set your mower at a higher level, and allow your grass to be a bit longer and mow it more frequently in the spring.
While you mow, just listen to a great podcast or Audible book, so you use the time to grow yourself as well as your grass.
The root systems for weeds is much deeper and longer, which means that they are heartier and more opportunistic. Not only that, but this means that they have greater tolerance for heat fluctuations, and the spring time is marked by very cool nights and hot days – which is difficult for grass and no big deal for weeds.
This means that in the spring, it’s not a good idea to cut your lawn too short.
Hopefully these spring lawn tips are helpful and can get your lawn in position for summer. It’s unfair that we spend so much time indoors in Minnesota because of our horrible winters, and we know that maximizing the time in our yards is important. I guess it’s the price we pay for not having rattle snakes, cobras, and poisonous spiders right?
Also, remember to switch your phones off, grab your kids, and hose, and have some water fights on the beautiful grass!