With winter turning to spring, lawns across the DFW metroplex that have gone dormant over the last few months should start surging back to life soon. This period of time where your lawn revies and turns back to a vibrant green is a vital time for your lawn’s health and will influence it all summer long. Therefore, it’s extremely important to give your lawn the help it needs to recover quickly and go back to its full, vibrant strength again as soon as possible.
Here are five tips for helping your lawn recover and go back to a vibrant green again faster.
Start Watering Immediately
Freezing temperatures are not uncommon during winter months, so most people shut off their irrigation systems for the winter months in order to protect their lawn from severe frost or ice damage. However, winter is also largely a dry season here in North Texas. Because we have not received a lot of rain in recent months, there’s a pretty good chance your lawn has dried out. In order for your lawn to recover and come back to life, it will need water in order to support itself, and that means you’ll need to start heavily watering your lawn in order to re-moisten the soil.
The next time the weather is pleasant (as in there is no risk of freezing for the next few days), fire up your sprinklers and give your lawn a thorough soaking. This should help moisten the soil down several inches so that your lawn’s roots can start absorbing more water. In turn, this water will help your lawn break out of its dormancy cycle.
Fertilize Your Lawn
You know that feeling of waking up from a long nap or good night’s rest and feeling downright famished? Your lawn is much the same way after it comes out of its winter dormancy cycle. Once you start to see your lawn show signs of life again, it’s time to break out the fertilizer. The next several weeks are some of the most important of the year for your grass, as they will allow it to start reproducing, spreading, and growing again to fill itself out.
This is also an ideal time to lay down some new grass seed and fill in any patches that may be bare somewhere on your property.
Your lawn isn’t the only thing that starts to grow rapidly during this early spring period—weeds do as well, and in many cases, weeds actually come back to life faster than your lawn does. And when they do, they’ll immediately start hoarding resources like fertilizer, plant food, and water, preventing your lawn from getting it when it needs it. Therefore, take the time to pull these weeds so your lawn can grow without competition for the resources you want it to have.
Mow Your Lawn
Mowing your lawn is actually a vital part of revitalizing it. For your first mow of the season, don’t be afraid to leave your grass long. You should never mow off more than one-third of the total blade length. Likewise, don’t collect your grass trimmings. Let them fall back to your lawn, where they will serve as an important source of nitrogen and nutrients that will be absorbed back into the soil to spur further lawn growth.
Reduce Foot Traffic
Finally, as your lawn is coming back, it will be in a delicate and vulnerable state until it can firmly re-establish itself. For this reason, you’ll want to reduce foot traffic over your lawn as much as possible for a few weeks. While your lawn may be turning green again, it is still prone to damage as it has not regained the strength that it will build up over the course of a few weeks of consistent watering, sunlight, and warmer temperatures. For at least a short while, try to keep off your grass. Once it appears to be standing strong again, feel free to start regularly mowing once again.
If your lawn is struggling to revive this spring, call Purple Care at (817) 880-6052 to find out more about our brilliant treatment options that can have it looking its best again!