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March 9, 2015

Spring Turf

How do I give my lawn a fighting chance?

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How do I give my lawn a fighting chance?

Great lawns need food, water and the occasional reseeding and weed prevention.  Early Spring lawns need a little time to regain their strength; it’s best to hold off from raking until you see substantial green to avoid ripping the dormant grass from it’s place. If you have an abundance of rabbit poo hanging around your lawn, like I do, use a powerful leaf blower and clean up without causing damage.

Now is a great time to do an application of general fertilizer.  As the ground thaws and the grass awakens, your lawn will be seeking out nutrients to give it some some strength.  The fertilizer you apply now will slowly work its way into the ground with each spring shower or wave of snow melt.

After a week or so of these lovely warm days you will notice your turf greening and getting taller!  Yup, it’ll be growing soon.  When you see this it’s time to lightly rake and over seed your lawn with the addition of a bale or two of peat moss.  Grass seed germinates when temperatures start hanging around 45-55 degrees.

Two weeks after your grass seed application, near the end of April, it’ll be time to do a weed prevention application.  This step has made my late summer lawn so much more tolerable.  Dandelion and crab grass treatments and pre-emergents  are available in both organic and non-organic forms.

Stop in the store anytime and we will be happy to talk turf with you!

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