Spring Maintenance For Your Maryland Lawn

Why Some Lawns Are Beautiful While Others Barely Turn Green

Lawns in the Davidsonville area are subject to weather extremes. Temperatures range from 10 degrees in the winter to 110 degrees in the summer. Long thirsty draughts are not uncommon. That's a lot for any lawn to endure without shriveling up and dying.

First things first! Early maintenance will set the stage for healthy growth later in the season. Here are some Early Spring tips for central Maryland.

Raking. Raking with an old-fashioned hard tine rake removes winter debris and thatch (dead stems, leaves and roots), opening up the air spaces between grass plants and allowing air to penetrate down into the crown. This increases the future effectiveness of lime, water, seed, and fertilizer—in short, everything!

Lime. If soil tests show that it is necessary, this is the Time To Lime. Lawn grasses grow best at soil pH's of 6.0 to 7.0, so have your soil's pH analyzed every two to three years to be sure you are staying in that range. The soil test results will include recommendations on how much lime to apply.

Call us now for our Spring specialsNew Seed. Although autumn sowing is preferred, seed sown during March and early April can grow successfully if it is well watered and maintained. It is a good idea to fertilize newly seeded grass using a high phosphorous fertilizer that will encourage root growth. The grass will be stronger and healthier if you can water daily until the plants are established. Remember that the roots will not have a chance to grow as deeply as your existing lawn, so you will need to water this area more frequently, but don’t extend this practice to the whole area. >>

Lush, healthy grass

Weed Control. A thick, healthy, lush lawn will crowd out the weeds, but most people still have a few. If the weeds are sparse, use that early spring energy to hand pull some of those perennial weeds, making sure you get the roots. There are chemicals that can be used if you have more weeds than energy. This is the time for pre-emergent herbicides to control crabgrass. If the dogwood has bloomed, it’s probably too late. Pre-emergent herbicides will not affect crabgrass that is already up and growing.

Avoid spraying herbicides in the area of new seed. Always be alert to the proximity of your valuable plantings—herbicides can cause problems for them!

Spraying for dandelions is most effective in fall, but spring spraying of a broadleaf weed killer will control many of them. Be sure to spray when the weeds are actively growing rather than during drought conditions.