Intense winters can lead to an increase in the incidence of winter diseases like snow mold and dead spots in your lawn. Good lawn care is vital to helping your lawn recover from the damage done from the cold temperatures during wintertime. Mowing at the suggested height for your grass type and properly timed fertilizer application will help your lawn recover from the winter diseases.
Setting your lawn mower to a low height setting can result in increased weeds in your lawn, because low height settings can expose the soil surface to sunlight and remove stored nutrients in leaf blades. Cool weather grasses like blue grass, fescues, and ryegrass should be mowed at a height of 2.5-3.5 inches tall. Warm season grasses like zoysia, centipede, Bermuda, and St. Augustine should be maintained at 1.5-2.5 inches tall. Try out an electric powered mower instead of a carbon-intensive gas powered mower.
It is very important to fertilize your lawn come springtime because the fertilization replenishes the food reserves that your yard uses while dormant in the wintertime. By fertilizing your lawn, you are fueling your grass into a phase of rapid growth. If you’ve been composting your kitchen waste for the last months, you can use your batch of compost to fertilize your lawn and garden, which will result in a healthy lawn that won’t be overrun with weeds. As an alternative to compost, try any number of packaged organic fertilizers that are available on the market.
Take the time to apply a per-emergent weed killer on your lawn to stop weeds from germinating even before they begin. Spring broadleaf weeds like clovers, dandelions, and plantains are best stopped in their tracks by keeping a good mowing height and by fertilizing your lawn. Following a mild winter, annual weeds that germinate in the fall like chickweed and henbit, will be easily detected and need higher degrees of broadleaf weed control via herbicides. Always avoid using chemical weed killers, as they are detrimental to the environment and take a look at something like BurnOut Weed & Grass Killer.