Every year it seems that Oklahoma weather does its best to throw some curveballs our way. 2018 has been no exception thus far. We have seen everything from drought conditions, to record high temps, followed by record low temps, and just this past week a deluge of rain.
All of these changing conditions can be tough on your lawn and landscape.
There are a few things you can do though that will help your lawn and landscape perform well this spring.
- Turn your sprinkler off and allow the landscape to dry out a bit. Too much water can be more detrimental than not enough water. When soils remain too moist, roots tend to stay close to the ground. As soils dry out, roots tend to go deeper, which in turn creates a plant that is better able to survive changing conditions.
- Don’t scalp your lawn yet. While we may be enjoying warmer temps this week, it is Oklahoma, so the odds of another cold snap (or even dare I say snow) are fairly Scalping this early in the season puts your lawn at a greater risk of being damaged or stunted before the growing season gets into full swing.
- Don’t aerate your lawn. One of the national companies has spent years confusing homeowners with their recommendation of aerating in the spring. It really is a terrible idea. Warm season turf isn’t actively growing, so all you are doing is poking holes in the ground and injuring the turf at a point when the plant is focused on coming out of dormancy. Late spring into summer is the ideal time for aerating in OK.
For cool season grasses, such as tall fescue, aeration should only occur in conjunction with seeding. Aerating now just tears up existing turf and since tall fescue doesn’t spread it won’t recover from the damage until more seed is planted in the fall.
- Apply a pre-emergent. Weeds will germinate. It is a fact of life, much like the changing seasons and the rising sun each morning. Applying a pre-emergent at the right times will help to keep many of those weeds in check. No pre-emergent will prevent all Spring pre-emergent applications are usually applied to stop crabgrass. Timing is essential for the application to be effective.
- Prune ornamental grasses. Cut back the brown, dormant vegetation to make room for new spring growth for the base of the plants. Make sure you have some gloves, and a pair of sharp shears as some varieties can be difficult to work with.
With a little bit of extra effort this time of year, you can get a jump start on a great looking landscape.
Of course, you can always call LawnAmerica. With more than 19 years of pleasing customers, we are ready to help, especially with your weed-control and fertilization needs. Give us a call to learn more about our Spring Specials!