LAWN AND LANDSCAPE EARLY SPRING PREPARATION
As you walk through your lawn you may see areas that have a matted down look, especially where snow piled up this winter. This may be a fungus called “snow mold”. To speed up recovery in those areas, rake or fluff up the matted turf to improve air circulation.
Rake up leaves, sticks and debris out of the shrub beds and especially the lawn area. Leaves, sticks and debris can cause damage to the turf, resulting in the need to reseed.
Rake and seed bare areas in late March or early April. Apply a “starter fertilizer” (a fertilizer high in phosphorous) in the seeded areas. Apply a light mulch to hold moisture and keep moist until the seed is well established. Do not apply pre-emergent weed controls to these areas. The pre-emergent will not allow the seed to germinate.
Prune shrubs and trees. Remove dead or damaged branches. Cut ornamental grasses and perennial flowers back in March or early April.
Aerate the lawn in March, April or May. Aeration will reduce compaction of the soil, allow nutrients to become more readily available to the turf and create a stronger, thicker turf. For best results aerate in the spring and fall each year.