As winter subsides, we’re all gearing up to spend time outside. But cold Massachusetts temperatures likely took a toll on your turf— and now’s the time to give it the TLC it needs.
Welcome spring graciously this year with these five important spring lawn care tips:
1. Clean Up Early Spring
Over the wintertime, debris may have collected in your lawn, such as fallen branches. Give your property a once-over come April and give it a proper clean-sweep. This includes keeping an eye out for dead grass or “thatch.” This dead grass can accumulate and form a home for pests or mold growth.
Early spring is a good time to aerate specific patches of thatch (so your grass can breathe) or seed turf spots damaged by salt or snow plows. However, we typically recommend Massachusetts homeowners wait until fall to do thorough aeration and overseeding.
2. Fertilize Monthly till Early Summer
Harsh winters are rough on even the healthiest of lawns. All season long, your grass was dormant and relied on fall food storage to survive the cold. As temperatures climb, mother nature tells your turf it’s wake up time. It’s during this period that your grass needs nutrients to grow strong and recover from any winter damage with some spring grass treatments.
In Massachusetts, late April is usually an ideal time to begin laying down your first round of lawn fertilizer. From there out, we recommend nourishing your turf with fertilizer once a month throughout June. This routine spring lawn care practice gives your lawn three bursts of nutrients to survive hot, dry summers.
With the initial treatment, we recommend pairing your fertilizer with pre-emergent herbicides to prevent crabgrass growth. Hit this crabgrass early, or else it can consume your lawn and steal nutrients from your grass. Read our Weeding & Feeding 101 article for help choosing the right herbicide and fertilizer. The wrong chemicals can kill your lawn, quickly, so don’t be afraid to reach out with questions about choosing the right product.
3. Start Planting
One of the best parts of springtime is enjoying the beautiful colors and smells of fresh flowers. April is usually a great time for Massachusetts homeowners to start seeding early spring annuals like pansies. Come May, temperatures are usually in the high 60s, making it the perfect time to prep your garden beds for growth by laying down compost mid-month.
Late May, the spring planting window is open for trees, shrubs, and perennials. Plant your favorites and watch your property come to life. The Center for Agriculture offers some advice for spring planting in our region, including tips for checking soil temperature and more. For New England style homes, complement your rich plants with these creative landscape ideas.
4. Pest Control from Spring till September
Just like your grass was dormant all winter, so were bugs and critters. As warmer weather beckons, insects and moles make a home in your yard— and they’re hungry! Not only can they eat and destroy your vegetation, but pests like mosquitos and ticks can bite your family and cause illness.
Our Green Sphere team recommends beginning applying organic tick and mosquito treatments late April for Massachusetts residents. Apply it once a month or every six weeks until the end of October. Our natural solution is made with Cedar oil, which is safe to use around children and pets. Read our article on tick control and natural repellents to keep pests at bay from spring throughout summer, without exposing yourself to harmful chemicals.
5. Wait to Mow till Grass Grows
Fertilizing gives your lawn the juice it needs to start growing, but mowing too early post-winter can be your turf’s undoing. If you agitate the grass before it has a chance to deeply rooted, you can kill it.
For those in Massachusetts, late April is usually an appropriate time to fire up your lawnmower for the first spring trim. Perhaps a better indicator is the height of your new grass. Be sure it’s at least 3 inches tall before mowing.
Because your grass is using most of its energy to grow, now is an important time to follow these turf tips. Spring lawn care like using proper mowing patterns, sharpening your brands and grasscycling can make a big difference in cultivating a lush, green lawn.
Maintain a Stunning Property All Year Long
Pick a few sunny days to get outside and get started on these spring lawn care tips! Early April through June is a lively time of the year, where you can really set up your property for success throughout both the summer and fall.
The problem is, it can be hard to remember when to do to all this stuff.
Ensure your landscape is stunning year-round by downloading your very own Massachusetts Landscape Calendar, which includes maintenance reminders and the best tips and tricks for creating a brag-worthy outdoor aesthetic.