This is a time to enjoy a breath of fresh spring air and watch your lawn and garden come to life!
Your Enviro Masters step by step guide to good winter recovery and a beautiful spring green-up for your lawn.
1. Inspect your lawn for anything that will hamper the rejuvenation of new spring growth. Piles of snow and ice should be spread out to eliminate the spread of turf diseases such as pink snow mould. If you notice a web like growth or mould on the grass, lightly rake or sweep it away.
2. Carefully remove any fallen branches, leaves, paper or pet droppings.
3. Please try to stay off your lawn if it is wet and spongy ( 2-3 weeks ) until it firms up. A lot of walking and foot traffic will compact wet soil making it hard for roots to get the good start they need.
4. Dethatch and Power Rake or Power Sweep your lawn to reduce thatch build up and remove stones, road salt and other derby. A heavy thatch build up is a perfect breading ground for harmful insects (ie. Chinch Bugs) and damaging turf diseases.
(Please contact your local Enviro Masters location for a price quote on this service. Discounts apply for existing and new customers.)
5. First Mowing – The first cut of the year should be shorter than the other cuts for the year. Lower your mower blade to cut at a height of 1 inch to 1.5 inches This first low cut will cut away any winter kill and open things up for new emerging grasses.
Remember to raise the mower back up to cut at 2.5 inches to 3 inches when you finish.
Be sure that the blade of the mower is good and sharp (sharpen twice per year) so you get a clean slice rather than a tear which causes brown looking, frayed ends.
Please bag any leftover clippings because they will take too long to break down and decompose to be beneficial to your lawn.
6. Patch up any holes, dips or depressions in your lawn now for a full season of enjoyment.
There are two ways to do this:
a) Top dress or patch with nice black loam soil (weed free if possible). Sprinkle the appropriate type of grass seed for your area on top of the fresh soil (ask your Enviro Masters turf specialist for a recommendation before you start. It will be hard to get rid of the wrong type of grass and your efforts will have been wasted). Mix the seed and soil around with a rake. Press it down with your feet if the area is small or use a roller if the area is large.
Newly planted seed needs to be kept moist until they germinate. Water with a fine mist 2 – 3 times per day until it starts to germinate (usually 7 – 14 days).
When the new grass is 2 inches high you can begin cutting once per week and continue watering to thicken up the area.
b) Another way to fix holes and depressions is to roll back the grass by cutting under it about 2 inches with a flat shovel. Build up the depression with soil, water and pack it down so it won’t sink later on, and then cover it back up with the existing grass. Continue watering regularly so the roots will re-take.
A Good Investment
A well maintained lawn can increase property values by as much as 15%. Lawn care may be the best investment you can make.
Enviro Masters will be more than happy to provide you with a recommendation for any problems you might be having. Please contact your local Turf Specialist.