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The spring of 2013 has been a long time coming, but it will get here. Are you ready for your spring cleanup and spring lawn maintenance? When spring arrives it will warm up fast and will make us forget about the long winter we have endured. We know spring is just around the corner… the crocus is peeking up through the snow giving us a glimpse of springtime in Rock County, Wisconsin.
What does this mean for your spring lawn care? Whether you are looking for commercial lawn care or residential lawn care, you will be facing the same challenges this year. Recovery from last year’s drought will take some extra planning and specific lawn maintenance geared to drought lawn recovery.
Usually when the Forsythia bushes blooms, you would put down a pre-emergent for crab grass control. If you do that this year, you will not be able to plant grass seed to recover your lawn. Remember a pre-emergent does not allow the grass seed to germinate, be it crab grass or Kentucky Blue grass. You will need a different strategy this year. In fact, it may take a couple of years to recover your lawn.
Your lawn is probably depleted of its nutrients. Last summer it was difficult to fertilize as it was hot, dry and the fertilizer was not effective. Most spring fertilizers have a pre-emergent in them. If you are planning on reseeding or over-seeding your lawn, you will want to make sure that the fertilizer you use does not have any pre-emergent such as Halts in it.
Spring is the time when the roots of your lawn should be your priority. A good root structure developed in the spring will help your lawn survive the summer. The fertilizer you choose should be geared toward root development. The first number in the fertilizer is for nitrogen (N). With a new lawn or an over-seeded lawn, this number should be lower. The new grass and seedlings are not ready to handle the top growth that would be stimulated with an influx of nitrogen. The middle number of the fertilizer is for Phosphorous (P). This is the main nutrient that helps with root growth. You will want to see a bigger number in this nutrient. The third number in the fertilizer is Potassium (k). This nutrient helps with cell structure, food manufacturing process, and disease resistance. This is also a good nutrient for a new or recovering lawn. If the first number on the bag is high and the other two are very low, you may see instant green, but it will fade fast and actually do damage to your lawn.
Next, this would be the best time to plug aerate your lawn. This breaks up the soil and allows the water to sink down in. The hot dry weather did a lot of damage and compaction to the soil last summer. It is very important to break up that hard damaged soil. At the same time, you should over-seed the lawn that is mildly damaged. The grass seed will fall into the holes created by the aeration and will start to grow. Your lawn will come in fuller and greener with the growth of the new grass intermingled with the surviving grass. It may take a couple of years and more than one application of over-seeding to completely restore your lawn or commercial landscape.
If your lawn has large areas that have been destroyed due to the drought, you may want to consider lawn restoration in those areas.