Spring is right around the corner! As temperatures start to rise, Carolina Fresh Farms has put together a list of useful spring lawn care tips to help ensure a thriving, green lawn all year long. Be sure to check out our various guides for each grass type on our care page.
Applying fertilizer in the spring will help your grass transition into the warmer months. It’s critical that you get your lawn the appropriate nutrition it needs at this time so that it flourishes all year long. Carolina Fresh Farms takes the guesswork out of choosing a fertilizer program that best suits your lawn’s needs this spring. Our variety of fertilizer programs for your bermuda, centipede, fescue, St. Augustine and zoysia will set your lawn up for success this spring. Contact us or stop by one of our seven locations to learn more.
It is normal to reduce irrigation during the colder winter months. However, as it starts to warm up, you will need to turn your irrigation system back on. You still don’t have to rush to water your lawn though. The roots will be the first thing to grow in the springtime and if the soil’s dry, the roots will just go deeper. You still want the soil to be moist enough to promote growth though. Your grass should need between 1–1.5 inches of water per week including rainfall. Be careful not to overwater your lawn so that you don’t promote disease outbreaks.
Mowing should take place once your grass has come out of dormancy and after the last frost. If your grass never went into dormancy, you should still wait until after the last frost has hit. The date of the last frost varies by location. Check out the below mowing heights for different grass types in the spring:
- Zoysia: 1–1.5 inches
- St. Augustine: 2–3 inches
- Bermuda: 1–1.5 inches
- Centipede: 1.5–3 inches
- Fescue: 3.5 inches
If you had any fallen leaves accumulate over the spring, now is the time to rake them up and remove them. The shade the leaves create on your grass provides opportunity for disease outbreaks, plus, you need sunlight to help your grass photosynthesize and grow once it starts to warm up. Raking will also give you the chance to remove any dead grass that didn’t survive throughout the winter and pull up thatch so that you can promote new growth.
Fill in Bare Spots
If you notice any dead or bare spots throughout your lawn, fill them in by overseeding with a grass seed selection that matches your grass at home. Overseeding in the spring with the same kind of grass will fill in those damaged spots so that your lawn is green throughout. Carolina Fresh Farms has an array of seed products you can purchase like Carolina Blue II Fescue and others. Stop by one of our seven locations to check out what all we have to offer.
Control Weeds with Pre-Emergent Herbicides
Another vital part of spring maintenance is making pre-emergent herbicide applications in the spring. As mentioned in our Fall Weed Control With Pre-Emergent Herbicide Applications article, there are two different types of herbicides—a post-emergent and a pre-emergent. A post-emergent is designed to control weeds you are currently experiencing. A pre-emergent herbicide is exactly what its name implies: an herbicide that prevents weeds from growing in the first place.
Weeds are much easier to deal with before they become an issue, which is why we recommend that our customers use a pre-emergent before weeds are able to take hold in a lawn. Weeds begin to germinate in the spring when soil temperatures reach about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This often falls around the last week of February and first week of March.
We recommend an application of a fertilizer/pre-emergent mix that is 0-0-7 0.38 Percent Prodiamine, which provides fertilizer and more pre-emergent to extend control of summer weeds. This pre-emergent formula is combined with a fertilizer so that your lawn receives nutrition and weed control in one application. This granular product can be easily applied with a broadcast or drop spreader at the appropriate rate stated on the product label. It’s important to apply a pre-emergent within that window so that weeds don’t take over your lawn in the warmer months.
This is a list of our top spring maintenance tips for your lawn. For more information, refer to our care page for detailed maintenance on each grass type.