Low snowfall, lots of rain, and flash freezes
Another winter of weirdly unpredictable weather. We have yet to even plow a residential driveway, due to snowfall amounts less than 3 inches. With Spring approaching on the horizon, it is time to create your checklist for Spring Lawn Care services. Here are a few of the important, and sometimes overlooked, things to put into your lawn maintenance plan starting in April.
Though there wasn’t much snow to speak of, we had a lot of moisture this season. Actually, according to the NOAA, it was the 3rd wettest year on record for our region. This coupled with flash freezes still allows for an intertwined dead layer of grass and weeds to create a layer of thatch on grass areas.
Dethatching with an inverted rake or power rake system removes this thatch layer. This allows the soil to be ready to receive sunlight, water, and nutrients more readily come Spring. It also discourages insect pests from hatching that normally thrive in this thatch layer.
Crabgrass is the king of New England weeds. By far the hardest to control. And by far the most ignored until it’s too late. Crabgrass control starts early April, and your window of opportunity is short-lived. This is because Crabgrass is an annual weed that spreads by seed. For this reason, the only way to stop it is to use a powerful pre-emergent herbicide before germination. Waiting until late spring to kill established crabgrass is futile, and often harms desirable grass more than anything.
By now most of last year’s mulch is likely decomposed into fine dust, and maybe even a lot has been blown away but the wind. Remembering what mulch is used for will reaffirm it’s importance on your lawn care list this Spring.
Mulch retains moisture for the roots of garden plantings. During Summer droughts, mulch keeps your perennials and annuals live. To this point, mulch also provides natural shade to the soil and roots during sunny periods. Mulching also helps with weed control, without the need for excessive chemicals.
This practice may be making its way out in modern lawn practice. It is, however, a tried and true Spring Lawn technique for “waking up” a dormant lawn. By performing an initial low mowing while the grass is still dormant, you expose the soil, lightly dethatching the top layer, and get rid of most of the debris from winter. This would be a good time to seed as well. We won’t discuss seed here due to the number of people who falsely believe it’s a Fall only service.
The time to call is now!
Want a greener lawn this year? Want to save money with early bird discounts? Want to have peace of mind that you won’t be chasing down crabgrass in July? Then do it differently this year. Contact us by March 30th for 15% off all Spring Lawn and Landscaping Services. Use the button below to set up your free quote. Or call Mike at (860) 222-7171