The temperature warms up and you look outside on your lawn and ask yourself: "What happened?" You're not alone. Winter can do things to turn your beautiful lawn into a mess. Let us consider what you can do to make your lawn look better again.
How can I remove weeds from my lawn?
Your lawn will most likely have many weeds, including white clover, thistle, Carolina geranium, dollar weed, dandelions, and more. These should be easy to maintain if you use weed control products that you can find in your local hardware store. Important: Make sure you are aware of the type of grass and focus on the temperature restrictions for the product you have selected. You can make the difference between dead weeds and dead grass.
How do I get rid of Annua Poa from my lawn?
The best way to get rid of Annua Poa is to use a pre-emerging from late October to November. Since we didn't do this, you can use a weed control product that contains atrazine. Be sure to follow the label as there are restrictions regarding the season, grass type and condition.
How do I prevent weeds from growing in my lawn?
Now apply pre-emergent to stop summer weeds before they start. Pre-emergence is usually cheaper than weed control after growth. Read the label for your pre-emergent to see if it is fighting the weed you're having trouble with. Common summer weeds are purple walnut, spurge, dallis grass, goose grass, Virginia button herb and crab grass (crab grass pre-emergence should start in November to December of the previous year).
How can I prevent fungi from damaging my lawn?
Mushroom is active on cool nights and warm days (read as spring and autumn). Apply a preventive fungicide as soon as the weather is favorable for these conditions. If your lawn already has an active fungus, you need to use a healing fungicide. Some curative fungicides recommend combination with a preventive. Read the label to be sure.
Mushrooms also enjoy a nitrogen-rich environment. This means that adding a lot of nitrogen to your lawn is a terrible time. A small amount of nitrogen should be fine when combined with a soil additive. Be careful though, as this can turn a small mushroom problem into a large mushroom problem.
What to do if the lawn is low?
Low spots in your lawn hold water that damages the grass roots and causes weed stains. If you have deep spots, cover them with sand or compost. You can choose to graze over these spots or let nature do its thing and let the grass grow slowly.
Test the irrigation coverage and problems
Set your watering time for spring. Carry out a full cycle on your irrigation system. Check for obvious leaks (huge geysers) and your lawn is completely covered. If you change a few tips now, your lawn will stay well watered in hot weather.
Eliminate clogged drains
If you have drains that don't drain, it's time to clean them. Sometimes this requires calling a professional drain cleaner because special equipment is required. Older, poorly maintained drainage may require a complete rebuild.