The First Things To Do For Your Lawn In The Spring

The First Things To Do For Your Lawn In The Spring

Spring has crept and surprised you. You may have thought that all the yard work you did last fall would pay off this spring but you might be mistaken. If you really thought that, it is probably the first time that you ever cared for a lawn. There is always a clean up whenever the season changes.

1. First, you must assess the lawn damage. Walk around the lawn and survey the effects of the harsh winter. If you have a dog, clean up after them. Their urine in the soil caused damage. If the damage is severe, resod or new lawn seeding are required.

2. Check your grass for matted patches or snow mold. This lawn disease glues the grass blades together which prevents new grass from sprouting. Light raking must be done to remedy the situation.

3. Wait to uncover your garden’s roses. Do not uncover the roses until the heavy frost is over or else the roses will be damaged further. When you uncover them, clean away the soil or other organic material that you used to seal them for the winter. This material carries disease spores that infect your plants. While the plants are dormant, you can easily improve their health by pruning.

Remove the dead, blackened and damaged wood. Prune the cane down to the healthy wood and remove the branches that are twiggy, crossing and are growing out of the side of the cane.

  • Remove old canes at the bud union and leave 3 to 5 good ones that are evenly distributed.
  • Delay mulching around the plants as this will keep the soil cold and delay the growth of the bushes.

4. Check the remaining aspects of your landscape for damage, growth progress and needed improvements. Check your woody landscape plants for injury — particularly the evergreens. Do not be too alarmed if you do not see new growth. Wait until the buds have opened before removing any dead branches, unless they are broken. Take the same “wait and see” approach with perennial plants. Remove any mulch that was placed there to protect them. Some plants take a longer time to come out of winter dormancy than others do. If scale insects or tent caterpillars bothered your landscape plants last year, then you should consider spraying with dormant oil before the buds open. This material will smother the egg cases or over-wintering adults.

Spring is a time of rebirth and reawakening from a long winter’s nap. It is also a time to set up your yard for a successful summer. Getting out into the fresh air of spring can do much to revitalize you as well as your plants. Spend a couple of hours doing some proactive turf care and you will be rewarded with a healthier and more vigorous landscape. It will do wonders for you, as well.