During the cold season, lawn grass becomes more prone to pest and disease infestation. That is why spring season is the best time to rejuvenate your grass and ensure that it is robust enough to take on the hotter months.
Being able to identify common lawn pests in springtime makes it easier for homeowners to find the right solution and preventative care for their grass. One of the most common lawn pests are white grubs which proliferate in spring, summer, and early fall. They infest on grassroots which cause wilted grass blades and brown turf patches.
What’s more, worms, such as the armyworm, cutworm, and sod webworm typically eats the grass blades. Armyworms eat the stems and skeletonise leaves which results in bare spots on the lawn. Cutworms emerge at night to feed at the base of the grass. Sod webworms work at the same time with armyworms or cutworms. Though it can be managed with insecticide, preventative measures through proper mowing and lawn maintenance will reduce its occurrence and keep your lawn healthy.
Don’t forget as well that the presence of weeds such as bindii and lantana competes with the nutrients from your grass. Once these weeds become an infestation, it will overwhelm your grass and will make your lawn more prone to disease and drought.
All these nerve-racking scenarios can be avoided with good lawn care before it gets worse. Here are some easy steps on how to do your springtime lawn care:
Weeds proliferate throughout the winter. That’s why Spring is the perfect time to remove weed infestation. It ensures that the soil remains healthy. So, if you’re hand weeding, make sure you get the roots. A good alternative is to use an organic herbicide.
Aeration is important to ensure that the soil gets proper nutrients and water. But, over time, the soil gets compacted which squeezes off nutrients. Aerate the soil by plunging a garden fork or using spiked sandals called aerating shoes.
Due to the damages caused by pests and weeds during winter, bare patches are inevitable. Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to start fixing these patches. Remove the dead grass first to expose the soil. Small spots can be seeded or sown with runners. For larger areas, simply roll out new turf over bare areas.
Other than keeping grass healthy, fertiliser also fosters plant growth to prepare it for the upcoming hotter months. What’s more, the soil is definitely dry due to winter (and drought). Adding fertiliser will revitalise the nutrients lost in the cold months. If you use granular fertiliser, remember to spread it evenly over your lawn.
Mowing is an essential part of having good Spring garden care. This also prepares your grass against the upcoming hotter months. It promotes deep root growth and grass density. Mowing removes dead leaf blades and opens up the lawn to air circulation and sunlight. Remember to base your mowing frequency on the grass’ growth rate and the one-third rule.
To achieve a more pristine cut of your lawn, using a high-quality ride-on lawnmower such as a Walker Mower will help you keep your yard looking as good as it can. It is compact, agile and light on the grass, giving your lawn lush and verdant look. Find the most suitable ride-on mower for your lawn care needs.
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