The Wet Cold Days Of Spring Thus Far

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.

Have you guys who live in the Midwest and points to the North noticed that this spring has been super cold and constantly wet? I know that every spring is like this to some degree, but 2011 has just not warmed up like I am used to! It is not helping our lawns any either.

Spring Lawn Care – The Norm

Normally, we get this sort of gradual warm up over the course of March and into April. It’s the old saying “Spring showers bring May flowers” and it’s true. During this time, the turf comes out of dormancy and starts to grow. You guys read this blog, so you are on top of the fertilizing, mowing and lawn disease control if necessary. If weeds invade (especially dandelions) you are ready to go with your pump sprayer.

Spring Lawn Care – This Extraordinary Season

This year’s warm up is slated to happen next week where I live here outside of Chicago. In fact, it’s going to hit like a ton of bricks and go from these cold 40s all the way into the 70s and stay there. If it keeps raining every single day, we are in for trouble. The weeds will blow up twice as fast and furious, and lawn disease will run through the lawn very quickly. This will be compounded by the fact that most lawns are still recovering from bad snow mold issues.

How To Save Your Lawn This Spring

The good news here guys, is that the basics still apply when it comes to keeping your turf healthy. I want you to mow tall just like every year. It is, however, ok to bag your clippings for the first 3 or 4 custs, especially if the snow mold is heavy. Bagging will help suck up some of the damaged turf.

In addition, you MUST be sure to mow consistently. The growth of the lawn is going to be shocking as we go from extreme cold to above average heat. If you miss a mowing, the stress will damage the lawn.

Finally, and most importantly, don’t use too much nitrogen when you fertilize. We definitely don’t want to over-push leaf growth. I always recommend utilizing organics because they release slowly, naturally. They also increase soil activity which builds the lawn for the long haul.

Keep in mind that whatever hits the lawn here in the later spring will soon pass into summer and bring an entirely new set of challenges. The key is knowing the basics, and sticking to them faithfully.


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