Thursday, December 28, 2006

Early Spring Lawn Care Checklist

Spring is here and it is time to begin cultivating the 'Best Lawn on the Block'! The best indicator is the 'Early Blooming Forsythia'. Once you see Forsythia beginning to bloom, it is time to get serious about your lawn. Springtime is a lawn's best friend, offering moderate temperatures, and consistent moisture. Unfortunately, spring conditions are also very friendly to our archenemy ---Weeds! Now is the best time to jump-start your lawn with the nutrients while controlling those pesky weeds. Weed Control 101 Grass & weeds are in a constant battle for precious real estate in your yard. Remember that strong healthy grass will always be victorious over the weed. However, undernourished, or moisture depleted grasses, do not stand a chance! That is why it's vitally important to feed and irrigate your lawn. Once established in Spring, crabgrass grows rapidly in hot weather and, chokes out the good grass as it spreads. When it gets a foothold, there's not much - short of hand-pulling the weed - that can be done to stop it. Lawn Care Check List 1) Clean Up - It almost goes with out saying, but it's important to rake up the leaves, sticks, and other debris, that may have accumulated during the winter. 2) Mow your lawn as soon as weather permits. recommends setting the mowing height slightly lower for the initial cut. This will allow more sunlight to reach the base of your grass enabling earlier 'greening'. 3) After the first cut, treat your lawn with a pre-emergent crabgrass preventer. 4) Feed Your Lawn with a good Lawn fertilizer! Go Get'em Yardiacs!

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