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* When the baby wakes, feed and treat. In the winter, your lawn goes dormant. So how do you know when your lawn wakes up? The grass will change from brown to green and start growing again. This spring growth spurt draws on the lawn’s nutrient reserves of the winter. Feeding your lawn with a slow-release fertilizer replenishes those nutrients. Also, give your “baby” a treat -- or rather pre-treat with a pre-emergence herbicide to conquer weeds before they start.
* Say “ah!” Check-up time. As the lawn breaks dormancy, examine it for signs of disease and insects. The faster you identify and correct problems, the less stress on the lawn. If there is any damage, such as bare spots, now is a good time to patch the lawn by replacing the sod and soil in the affected areas.
* Time for a haircut. When the lawn first wakes, mow at minimum height to enhance turf density. But as it grows, keep your grass type in mind: Different types of grass require different cutting heights. Cool-season grasses should be cut at 3 1/2 inches, while warm-season grasses are cut at 2 inches. St. Augustine grass does best when cut at 3 inches. Also, check your thatch layer -- a little thatch prevents ground compaction and holds moisture in the soil. But if thatch is deeper than 1/2 inch, dethatch and aerate.
* Safety first! With a new baby, you’re always on the move, but take a break to make sure your new environment is safe. After all, the world can be a dangerous place if you aren’t prepared. So when you pull your tools out of the storage shed, make sure they’re in good working order. Replace fluids and spark plugs. Take your mower into the dealer for an annual tune-up. And John Deere recommends checking all safety guards and shields -- don’t want “Mom” or “Dad” getting hurt!
* Hiring professional child care. Even “Mom” and “Dad” like time to themselves, so if you’re short on time, hire a lawn care service. Before choosing, investigate a company’s track record by calling references or the Better Business Bureau. Make sure the company is licensed -- most states require it. Also, ask if the company is affiliated with a professional lawn care association. These groups help members stay current on new lawn care developments. And you and your professional should agree on your lawn care goals. The company should tell you how it plans to take care of your lawn and what you can do to help.
So pamper your lawn this spring. With a little love and care, the result will be one beautiful baby.
Courtesy of ARA Content