Seasonal Facts from your friends at NatureScape Services
Spring has finally arrived and we can get outside and take in some "warm" fresh air!
As you start to look around at the lawn you may notice some areas that are matted and and may even see some fuss like growth covering these brown blades of grass. This most likely would be pink or gray snow mold that grows over winter under the snow cover. There is no need to worry about these areas, even if you do nothing they will most like recover on their own when the lawns start coming out of dormancy. If you want to help them recover faster you can lightly rake or fluff up the areas to allow air circulation to occur which helps dry out the area and allow the grass baldes to respond quicker to the warmer weather.
Remember, seeded lawns recover quicker than most sodded lawns so, if you see the neighbors lawn greening up quicker than yours don't worry about it. Some seed varieties will also be slower in greening up but all the lawns will green up when they are ready. Some lawns, just like people, like to sleep in longer than others.
Now is the time to apply the crabgrass pre-emergent. As lawns start growing, we will also add in a light application of fertilizer which will help bring the turf back to that nice green color you saw last fall. The crabgrass control can go on as early as March and with the product we use at NatureScape, can be applied as late as the end of May or early June with excellent control! Please keep in mind that as the weather gets warmer you may start to see a few weeds pop up here and there. Weed controls are not effective until soil temps warm up and the weeds are actively growing. Most weed controls don't work well until late April or May, so be patient, you can trust us to get them under control when the time is right!