1. Clean-Up in Early Spring
During the wintertime, your lawn may have collected debris due to fallen branches and rogue leaves from the season. You will want to give your property a once-over and give it a proper clean-sweep. This includes keeping an eye out for dead grass or “thatch.” This dead grass can accumulate and form a home for pests and/or mold growth.
The early Spring is a good time to aerate specific patches of thatch, which allows your grass to be oxygenated, or seed turf spots damaged by salt or snow plows. However, we typically recommend Massachusetts homeowners wait until the Fall to do thorough aeration and over seeding.
2. Fertilize Monthly Until Early Summer
Harsh winters can be rough on even the healthiest of lawns. All season long, your grass has been dormant and relied on fall food storage in order to survive the cold. As the temperatures start to climb, Mother Nature begins to tell your turf when it’s time to wake up. It’s during this period that your grass needs nutrients to grow strong and recover from any winter damage with some Spring grass treatments.
In Connecticut, late April is usually an ideal time to begin laying down your first round of lawn fertilizer. From that time forward, we recommend nourishing your turf with fertilizer once a month through June. This routine Spring lawn care practice gives your lawn three bursts of nutrients to survive hot, dry summers.
With the initial treatment, we recommend pairing your fertilizer with pre-emergent herbicides to prevent crabgrass growth. Hit this crabgrass early, or else it can consume your lawn and steal nutrients from your grass. The wrong chemicals can kill your lawn, quickly, so don’t be afraid to reach out with questions about choosing the right product.
3. Start Planting
One of the best parts of springtime is enjoying the beautiful colors and smells of fresh flowers. April is usually a great time for Connecticut homeowners to start seeding early Spring annuals like pansies. Beginning in May, temperatures are usually consistently in the high 60s, making it the perfect time to prep your garden beds for growth by laying down compost mid-month.
In late May, the spring planting window is open for trees, shrubs, and perennials. Plant your favorites and watch your property come to life.
4. Pest Control from Spring Until September
The same way that your grass has been dormant all winter, so were the bugs and other critters in your yard. As warmer weather beckons, insects and moles will start to make your yard their home— and they are coming hungry! Not only can they eat and destroy your vegetation, but pests like mosquitos and ticks can bite your family members and pets, potentially causing illness.
5. Wait to Mow Until Grass Grows
Fertilizing gives your lawn the juice it needs to start growing, but if you mow the grass too early in the post-winter then it can be your turf’s undoing. If you agitate the grass before it has a chance to deeply rooted, you can kill it.
For those in Connecticut, late April is usually an appropriate time to fire up your lawnmower for the first spring trim. Perhaps a better indicator is the height of your new grass. Be sure it’s at least 3 inches tall before mowing.
Spring lawn care, like using proper mowing patterns, sharpening your brands, and grasscycling, can all make a big difference in cultivating a lush, green lawn.
Maintain a Stunning Property All Year Long
Pick a few sunny days to get outside and get started on these spring lawn care tips! Early April through June is a lively time of the year, where you can really set up your property for success throughout both the summer and fall.
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