It looks like spring has finally arrived in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and it is about time! Although fall is the best time to seed, spring is a great time to repair the damage done by harsh winter weather. This winter saw plenty of snow, extremely cold temperatures, and a lot of damage caused by snow mold and snow plows. You can drastically improve your spring lawn care by following a few of these suggestions.
An easy way to seed or reseed your lawn is to hand rake out the areas, or power rake the areas. This will remove a lot of the debris, loosen the soil and ensure good seed-to-soil contact. Select a good quality seed mix appropriate for the area you are seeding. I prefer to use a starter fertilizer whenever seeding. These types of fertilizers are lower in nitrogen, very high in phosphorous and potassium (These are the three numbers, in order, on the analysis portion of the bag). A good example is 12-16-8, or in a range similar to that. The key points to Starter Fertilizers are the fact they have high phosphorous levels. Phosphorous helps to establish stronger roots, which is important for newly germinated grass seed, as well as existing turf.
Just as important as quality seed and Starter Fertilizer is soil pH. This is a measure of the acidity of the soil. The lower the number, the more acidic the soil. The ideal pH for turf grass is between 6.0-6.5. Most soils in Northeastern Pennsylvania are in the range of 5-6, which is a little too acidic for turf, but ideal for weeds. Some of these are dandelions, crabgrass, plantain, mosses, knotweed, hawkweed and daisy, to name a few.
Soil pH is raised by applying lime, preferably pelletized lime, to the soil. Other products like water soluble calcium are faster acting and more cost effective. Ask us for more information on these products.
If you are not over-seeding your lawn, early spring is the best time to apply a crabgrass control. These products improve your lawn care by preventing weed seed from growing. Weeds compete with your turf grass for sunlight and soil nutrients, making it more difficult for you to have that beautiful lawn of your dreams.
This post was written by Turfguy