Tending To My Patch: Spring Lawn Care Tips

Raking will be your first task of spring lawn care! The raking will control thatch and clean up winter debris too. As you survey your lawn in spring, see if there are any matted patches, in which the grass blades are all stuck together. This can be caused by a disease known as snow mold. New grass may have difficulty penetrating these matted patches. But raking should be sufficient to solve this problem.
Just when you should perform any of these spring lawn care tasks will depend upon the climate of your own region. For instance, when you’re pretty sure the snow season is over in your region, begin raking.
Liming: A soil sample will give you the accurate levels of soil fertility and nutrient levels from random representative samples that are taken. It’s easy- do it yourself or have it done by a professional. Want more information on soil sampling? Call 432-1824. The most frequently asked question regarding lawns: presence of moss in my lawn. What should I do? Moss is an indication of acid PH in the affected area, but grass likes a neutral pH. You can solve this problem by liming your soil at the recommended rate provided by soil test. In southern NB liming each year will not hurt.
Overseeding: Is your lawn riddled with bare patches due to dog spots, heavy traffic or neglect? If so, you may need to apply grass seed to fill in those bare patches. This solution is known as overseeding. Rake the area of all dead debris and remove, and then apply seed.
Fertilizing: Depending on newly seeded or established lawns will determine the type and numbers on a chemical/man-made fertilizer. Many fertilizer companies provide a schedule for fertilizing lawns.
Your lawn has survived another NB winter and is looking good: fertilize organically by using compost and mulching mowers. Grass clippings from your mulching mowers are a great source of nutrients for your lawn.
Pests & Bugs: Try using natural insect controls and eco friendly green products for your lawn. Biological Control uses beneficial living organisms to control other pests and insects. Many types of Beneficial Nematodes are available for application through a hose end sprayer. Grubs: They are the larval stage of June Bugs, Japanese Beetles & European Chafer. By applying these living organisms they hunt down and kill the grubs. Application is dependent on temperature. Other types available can be used for weevils and sod webworm. For more information please contact us.
  Weeds: My grass is covered in dandelions-what do I do? Living in rural areas where dandelions are a part of our landscape makes it a very tedious job to keep up. Using a selective herbicide or manually removal is about the only course of action. A great alternative to use is Acidic Acid/Horticultural Vinegar 20% for unwanted weeds and grass in walkways and unwanted areas. Ask for details.
These are a few recommendations that may help you achieve the perfect lawn. Enjoy.