Blog Post By: Craig McKinley, Golf Course Superintendent
For the first time in years, it is looking as if we will have an early spring here in Michigan. With several people spending a lot more time at home in the near future, I thought this would be a great time to provide tips to start making your lawn the envy of your neighborhood. This week, we will focus on a few quick spring lawn tips.
1. Don't Underestimate the Importance of Raking
My first tip for any home lawn in the spring is to rake. Hopefully you had a chance to do some in the fall. Getting rid of any leftover leaves, raking up dead leaf tissue and thatch is a great start for your lawn.
2. Plan Crabgrass Pre-Emergent
The next step is to plan out your Crabgrass pre-emergent. Since we have had more warmer days and nights so far this year, it will most likely bring the timeline for your Crabgrass application sooner. I recommend check http://www.gddtracker.net, under the Crabgrass Pre-Emerge Tab, to find the optimal time to apply.
3. Consider a Slow-Release Nitrogen
A lot of pre-emergent products are also combined with a slow-release nitrogen source, which is perfect for the springtime feeding. However, if you plan to do any seeding in your lawn, you need to be aware of the time-frame after your pre-emergent application before you can seed. Different product's times vary, so make sure you read the label before your application.
4. Tune-up your Lawn Mower
One last tip is to be sure to tune-up your lawn mower. Most people overlook changing the oil in the lawn mower and rarely sharpen the blades. Sharpening the blades is crucial to your lawn's health. A sharp blade will make a clean cut, while dull blades will tear the plant, leaving it injured and more susceptible to disease.
I hope these tips can help give your lawn the leg-up on the rest of your neighborhood. Plus, give you something to do to pass the time if you're stuck at home! We hope to see you all back at Bucks Run soon.