Spring Lawn Care
Raking: It’s best to wait until the lawn begins to green up which indicates the grass is firmly rooted. Rake in the spring, even if you also did this in the fall.
Aerating: Heavy traffic on your lawn can cause soil compaction, which makes it difficult for the grass to root and prevents oxygen and water from reaching the roots. Fall is a better time to aerate, but if you feel it’s needed, contact a local landscaper or rent an aeration machine to take care of this task.
Repairing Bare Patches: These may need some soil and seed to fill in. Rake the dead grass off, loosen the soil and/or apply a layer of good soil and rake smooth. Sow seed thickly on top and tamp it down so it is firmly stuck to the soil. Water well and keep it moist until grass is established.
Overseeding: Sowing seed over your existing grass every spring and fall will help thicken it up which helps prevent weed seeds and insect infestations. Applying a good quality soil mix when seeding in the spring will help feed your grass and keep the soil refreshed.
Fertilizing: Too much fertilizer in spring can lead to disease and weed problems. Instead, use a slow release lawn food in the late fall which will continue to release nutrients to your lawn in the spring.
Controlling weeds: For weeds growing from seeds, use a pre-emergent product containing corn gluten to smother the seeds before they can sprout. This needs to be applied in mid-April but cannot go down along with grass seed as it will work against that, so save your overseeding for a couple of weeks after.
For perennial weeds already established in your lawn, you will need to dig them out or apply an herbicide for broadleaf weeds (dandelions, etc.).
Controlling grubs and cinch bug: Grubs feast on grass roots in late spring, from end of April until early June. When grubs are present, you can apply GrubBGon Max which uses a biological control to kill them. Late summer and early fall sees grubs coming back to feed again so re-apply the product then. It also works on cinch bug which appear in summer to suck the moisture out of the grass so watch for infestations and apply accordingly.