Here are 5 tips to make your lawn lush this summer:
Now is the time to start the war against weeds. If you have a problem with weeds in your lawn find a good preemergent herbicide to stop the growth of warm season plants. Talk to your neighbors or people with desirable lawns to get product recommendations. The sooner you start the less time the weeds have to take root. If any weeds are already growing, go ahead and dig them out to prevent them from taking over.
Your mower has been sitting dormant for several months now and may be in need of a tune-up. Check your oil levels and fill it up as needed. When you’re topped off, start up the engine and listen for any bad sounds or glitches. If anything sounds off or isn’t working, you’ll have time to get it fixed before you really need it.
Depending on the brand of fertilizer you use and the breed of grass you have, spring may be the right time for you to fertilizer. If you didn’t fertilize in the fall, seek out fertilizer that works well in the spring to give your lawn a boost of nutrients. The secret is to closely follow the instructions on the packaging to achieve best results.
In Colorado, it's recommended to start mowing grass to 3 inches tall starting the last week of April. If you’re a composter, you can save and use the cuttings from these first mows to feed your compost pile. By cutting your grass back early, you stimulate root growth and encourage a fuller, richer lawn.
If you have a patchy lawn, now may be the time to consider seeding. While many grass seeds do best when seeded in the fall months, there are many varieties that can germinate in the spring. Warm-season grasses such a zoysiagrass and bermudagrass are good options for Colorado weather. Spread seeds around Mother’s Day for best results.
Get out there are make your lawn beautiful! Happy Spring!