Figuring out how to get green grass in spring can be challenging. Many homeowners are unsure how to manage seasonal lawn treatments and tasks needed to help their lawns thrive. Here are the answers to some key questions people ask about spring lawn care.
Use these spring lawn care tips from Big League Lawns to help you cultivate the beautiful, green, healthy lawn you want this year:
When Is It Time to Start Mowing My Lawn Each Year, and What Height Should I Cut It?
Begin mowing your grass twice per week from the middle to late spring weeks. This will give your grass some weeks during the early spring to recover from the effects of the harsh Utah winter. Cut the grass to around 2 to 3 inches tall during spring and keep it around 3 to 4 inches tall through the summer. That will promote deeper roots for a healthier, more durable lawn.
When Is the Best Time to Start Watering My Lawn Each Spring, and How Much Water Should I Use?
Begin watering every other day in the middle to late spring, after the soil starts to dry out after spring rains. Watering your lawn deeper and less often is recommended. Your lawn needs about 1½ to 2 inches of water per week during the spring and fall, and it needs around 2½ to 3 inches per week during summer. Avoid overwatering, which can cause oxygen depletion and soil compaction, which prevents roots from the deeper growth needed for stronger grass.
What Is Thatch, and How Do You Dethatch a Lawn?
Thatch is the matted dead grass between the ground surface and the grass crowns. When thatch is too thick, it can choke the healthy grass. If there is over a half-inch of thatch on your lawn, dethatching is recommended. During the middle of March to the middle of April, you can use a stiff garden rake to pull excess thatch from your grass after the ground has thawed from winter.
What Is the Best Time to Start Fertilizing My Lawn Each Spring?
Begin fertilizing your lawn early in the spring, sometime before April, after the ground thaws. If you use granular fertilizer, water it well to help it penetrate the soil. Apply this fertilizer type early enough in the spring to give it time to dissolve fully. If you use liquid fertilizer, you can apply it later in the season since it penetrates the soil more quickly.
What Does Aeration Do for Grass, and When Should I Aerate My Lawn?
Aerating a lawn in the spring promotes deeper growth of grassroots, which means stronger, healthier grass. A lawn aeration machine is used to bore holes in the soil. This helps loosen compact soil, allowing water and nutrients to reach roots and enable more robust growth. Aeration also helps remove excessive thatch at the ground surface, further encouraging new grass growth. For best results, water 24 hours before aerating.
Should I Overseed My Lawn, and When Should I Do That?
Aerating your lawn, if needed, creates more capacity for new grass growth in the soil. The ideal time to overseed is immediately after aerating the soil. Overseeding enables thicker growth. That density helps crowd out weeds that attempt to squeeze in and take over.
Why Should I Leave My Lawn Rehab To Big League Lawns?
We provide lawn diagnostics and rehabilitation services to Utah homeowners and businesses, including fertilization, lawn aeration, lawn pest control, pre-emergent treatment, winterization, etc. We help people throughout Weber & Davis counties cultivate gorgeous lush green lawns. All our lawn treatment services are 100% guaranteed.