Give your lawn the right awakening after the cold winter fades
Winter is over. Hooray! However, it just left you with a few problems. Yes, ice and the debris of what’s left of your lawn. This time of the year brings about the subject matter post winter lawn treatment. How do you care for your lawn after winter is gone? Most importantly, how do you revive your lawn to get it going again after winter is over? The cold weather is here to stay for quite a while whether you like it or not. It pays to know that this means a little more time before your dormant grass awakens. But do not let this lull you into the sense of security that there is little to zero lawn care treatment you need to do. To revive your lawn, you need to be wary at this time of year.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is the weeds that rise up way ahead of your grass.
Weeds tend to invade a lawn before the actual grass has fully awakened. So these are the days when you must take time to help your lawn wake up properly. Believe it or not, your efforts to revive your lawn properly at this time of the year will minimize problems later.
As the ice and snow on your lawn thaws, be mindful of thatch. Inspect your lawn for thatch layers. If the layers of dead grass and organic matter on the top soil is more than half an inch thick, remove the excess thatch. You will need to keep your dethatching rake handy and in good shape. This is when you will need it the most.
Removing the excess thatch layer allows water, fertilizer, and oxygen to get into the roots of your grass.
Very soon, you will be applying pre-emergent weed killers. Before your grass completely gets in the cycle of growth and before the weeds become fully established, prepare to apply pre-emergent weed killers. You will need a broadcast spreader to spread the weed killer evenly through out your lawn. If you are using broadleaf weed killers, wait until the lawn grass has started growing and the weeds have sprouted. Be wary of the instructions that come with the pack. There are just so many varieties out there and they differ in methods and amounts of administration.
Lead water and moisture into your lawn.
Once you see signs of grass growing, gear up for irrigation. Very soon, you will need to water your lawn once or twice weekly. Spring rain will come and bring about the needed moisture, but you will need to back it up with regular watering soon. To revive your lawn well, you will need to supply enough water to moisten the soil for up to six inches. It needs to be this deep as you won’t have to water very frequently. This will encourage your grass to form deep, strong roots. These roots will be the foundation that will see your grass through the heat and drought in summer.
Prepare to mow your lawn only once your grass is in full growth cycle.
You will know you did great to revive your lawn when your grass makes it to the stage that is stable. This is the mowing stage. Mow the lawn when your grass is one inch taller than the mower blade’s height setting. Just be careful not to step on your lawn or mow your lawn when it is wet. Do the mowing only when the grass has dried.
Get ready to fill in the bare patches that the cold winter will leave. Be sure to moisten the soil and rake through it slightly to let water and oxygen in. Then sprinkle the grass seeds all over the bare patch. Cover it with a thin layer of soil to contain it in the area. Then lightly water the area twice or three times a day until you see the new grass sprout.
Fully revive your lawn by preparing its feed.
Fertilizers are instrumental in the health and proper growth of a lush green lawn. As the grass actively grows, fertilizing becomes necessary. If you have mowed your grass two or three times already, then you would know it is time to fully revive your lawn with fertilizer. Take it slow with fertilizers at the earliest. Follow the mildest dose recommended in the bag. Right after applying fertilizer finish it with water. This forces the nutrients into the soil and down to the roots. These are basically the things you need to revive your lawn after winter. So gear up and get ready for that spring pick-me-up your lawn needs.
FAQ: Is it a good idea to just leave grass to grow and not mow it short at this time?
Ironically, the answer is yes. Set aside the aesthetic factor and keep your grass long at this time. The result of mowing grass short in these early months following the end of winter is a poorly established root system. Revive your grass right. It is struggling to grow at this time. It becomes highly stressful when you mow your grass short as it is not completely established yet. As soon as spring is in the picture, don’t get too excited to mow your lawn short. Let your grass re-establish itself for now. Use the highest setting of your mower to revive your lawn just right!
What All American Turf Beauty Says About How to Revive your Lawn Right After Winter?
Winter can do serious damage on your lawn if you do not stand by with the right lawn care procedure and equipment. You can revive your lawn right and much better with the help of only the best lawn care experts in Iowa. Get in touch with All American Turf Beauty to keep you on the right track as it is time to revive your lawn. Call us today and talk to our lawn care experts at 1-800-365-8873 or you may visit us at 311 Desoto Rd, Van Meter, IA.