Winter weather can be tough on your lawn. Grass, shrubs, and trees are weak after months of lying dormant. If you want your lawn and trees to come back fuller than before, Best Pest Control can help. Here are a few simple tips from the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to help get your lawn ready for the summer months that are ahead.
Remove Any and All Debris
The first step in getting your lawn ready for the warmer months is to do some cleaning. Clear away any leaves, twigs and other debris that have gathered over the winter months. Not only can the debris get stuck in your lawn mower, it can also block fertilizers and other materials from being properly absorbed by the lawn. Not to mention, it can create a breeding ground for pests.
Apply Pre-Emergent, Weed Killer & Fertilizer
Applying a pre-emergent in the early spring is very important. It's best to apply it prior to temperatures reaching 55-60 degrees. Afterward, the weed seeds will have begun to germinate and the pre-emergent will no longer be effective. Once crabgrass has germinated, it's very difficult to get rid of. When you fertilize in the spring, it can jump-start your lawn from its winter slumber. It provides a nutrient build up that will give it the strength to withstand heat stress through the summer months.
Don't Skip Aeration
Core aeration is a great thing to do to your lawn in the spring. It's important because it allows water and air to reach the root zone faster. It also results in new growth and increases root development. In the spring, it's important to core aerate before the soil temperatures reach 55-60 degrees. After this point, the voids created in the lawn will only be an invitation to aggressive weed seeds.
Mow Early & Often
Many homeowners only mow once a week during the spring. However, if you let the grass grow too high and then cut it, it could stunt the roots so they can't reproduce properly. Instead, mow every five days for the first six weeks of spring, depending on the weather, to ensure a thicker, fuller lawn.
It's hard to tell if a tree has dead branches unless you really inspect it closely. If dead branches are left untended, they can fall, which could cause property damage and potential injury. It's best to trim the trees before the leaves come out, as it's easier to see the condition of the branches.
While it's tempting to fill brown patches with grass seed, if you are also applying pre-emergent or weed killer, the grass seeds won't germinate. Instead, fertilize the lawn and in a few weeks, shoots will grow and fill in the brown patches. If the brown patches are too big, or you just can't wait until the fall, sod can help.
Best Pest Can Help With Your Lawn Maintenance
Spring is finally here, so it's time to start preparing your lawn for the upcoming warm weather. In addition to pest control, we also offer lawn care services at the Lake of the Ozarks. At the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we also offer landscaping, lawn treatments, leaf blowing & removal, weed spraying, and yard cleanup. If you want to spend your time enjoying the beautiful weather instead of doing lawn maintenance, give Best Pest Control a call to schedule your appointment.
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