Things to do in the Spring

As soon as weather permits, pick up lawn debris, especially leaves. Use a mower for leaf removal - especially on lawns seeded last fall.

Water your lawn if it is dry!! Even though the grass is dormant, the roots will greatly benefit from a good soaking. When the temperature gets up into the 50’s, get that hose out! This is particularly important for lawns seeded last fall.

Bluegrass, Rye and Tall Fescue

In March, mow your Bluegrass, Rye or Tall Fescue at 3/4 to 1 inch. This will remove the portion damaged by winter and will accelerate spring green-up. Raise the mower back up to 3 inches for all subsequent mowing. Do not mow short after March 31. Do not dethatch Bluegrass in the spring wait until fall!

Zoysia

If your lawn is Zoysia, mow the turf in late March or early April. Cut as close as you can without hitting the ground with the mower blade. This may be around 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Be sure to remove all those clippings. Set your mower back up to 2 1/2 to 3 inches for all subsequent mowing. If we are experiencing a cold spring, the short mowing should be delayed.

If you plan to dethatch your Zoysia this spring, please wait until the lawn has completely greened-up! In a normal spring, you should wait until the middle of May or later. Our experience has shown that Zoysia can be seriously damaged if dethatching is performed as the grass is coming out of dormancy. The period of vulnerability may begin as early as March and extend into early May. The period will vary from year to year depending on a number of factors. Because of this unpredictability, the safest approach is not to dethatch until the Zoysia has thoroughly greened-up.