With so many people relocating here from other parts of the country I thought a few words of wisdom from Neil Sperry our local lawn care specialist would be helpful. Neil gives as a few steps and a timeline for getting your lawn healthy and beautiful for the Spring.
- SCALP YOUR LAWN:
Drop your mower down 1 or 2 settings and mow the lawn. Your purpose is to remove all the grass blades that were turned down from the cold weather we have in January and this past week. By getting it out of the way you'll be able to see your lawn's Spring green-up earlier and the sun will reach and warm up the soil more efficiently. Scalping also removes a lot of the rank-growing cool season weeds. You can use the clippings to mulch around the shrubs and flower beds or deposit to the compost pile.
2. TIME FOR PRE-EMERGENTS:
Once you have scalped the lawn now you have good access to the ground to apply your pre-emergents. Apply according to the label or the advice of the lawn care specialist at the lawn and garden store. Make sure to get uniform coverage over the lawn. A pre-emergent weed killer kills the weeds as they sprout. Now remember the pre-emergents are only effective on annual weeds that sprout and grow new each year. Timing is critical for the pre-emergents to work. March 5-March 15 here in North Texas is the ideal timeframe. Most pre-emergents are only effective for about 100 days you'll want to do a booster shot in June 5-15 as well. Ask the lawn specialist which is the best product for your lawn and be sure to tell them you have either a Bermuda or St Augustine lawn. Be sure to invest in an applicator instead of trying to spread by hand. This practice is great for killing weeds you can't see now and the grassy weeds to come. If you have Broadleaf weeds already growing then spraying of 2-4-D will kill those.
3. WEED AND FEED
Weed and Feed not recommended. The ground temperature is too cold. Wait until April to apply your first feeding. Check with the lawn care specialist as to the best products to use on your soil type and variety of lawn. The are different products depending soil type the heavy black soil will be different the lighter sandy loam soil and different for Bermuda than for St Augustine. My suggestion is not to get your products from one of the big box stores but from a real lawn and garden store. I get my products from Archie's Gardenland 6700 Boaz, Fort Worth 76116. They are knowledgable and very helpful people.
If you are thinking of selling your home this year a great looking lawn is a big selling point.
Good luck with your lawn this year.