Bringing Your Turf Back to Life
Helpful Tips To Revive Your Grass After Winter
Your grass endures a lot over a year — and winter is most likely the time of year when it receives the least attention. Depending on where you live, you may have been be facing snow, ice, freezing temperatures and heavy winds, which all take a toll on your turf or your customers turf. You might get lucky and it could bounce back on its own, but if not, here are some helpful tips to get your grass ready for those long summer days.
Grab the Broom
Okay not literally, but maybe a rake and give your lawn a thorough cleaning. Clear away anything that is covering your grass. If there are plants, shrubs or trees that didn’t survive, it’s time to remove them. For plants that did survive, prune and trim them to allow for new growth and apply a ROOTS® fertilizer, like BioPak Plus, to aid with stress recovery.
Aerate, Aerate, Aerate!
If your soil has been packed down all winter by the elements, or even from foot traffic last fall, the roots may have a hard time getting the nutrients they need to thrive. If that is the case with your lawn, consider aerating. Aerating can also serve as an opportunity to sell an additional service that will help your lawns stand out among your local competition.
Eliminate Dead Grass
Most of your grass will rise again as spring progresses but, unfortunately, some of it may have died due to disease or stress. Dethatch the dead grass by taking a rake and simply removing dead or excess grass. If you have patches of dead area, you can either plant seeds or lay down sod that is a close match to your current grass. We recommend using one of our patented seed blends and pairing it with our PennMulch Seed Accelerator to give the seed the best opportunity to establish.
Control Your Weeds
Now is the time to get ahead of the weed invasion! Eliminate the existing broadleafs (like dandelions) and prevent new grassy ones by using a product with pre and post emergent weed control like ProScape® 19-0-6 with LockUp + Dimension.
Upkeep Is Key
To ensure all your hard work pays off, make sure you are keeping up with the maintenance. Mow at regular intervals and keep the length at three inches long (depending on the turfgrass variety) until fall. Fertilize using the long-term approach with one of our slow-release fertilizers containing MESA or Meth-Ex and deal with any seasonal stresses using our foliar fertilizers. And as always, consult your local LebanonTurf sales rep if you need help.