Lawn maintenance typically isn’t a priority during the winter months. However, there are two things you can do in late winter for an improved summer lawn.
It can be hard to give much thought to ugly summer weeds such as crabgrass or spurge when it’s cold outside, evenings are dark, and the lawn isn’t getting much use. Late winter (which is February meteorologically in the Wake Forest/Rolesville and surrounding area) offers an important opportunity to get started on reducing weeds through the spring and summer – when we’re again spending time outdoors enjoying the warmer weather, sunlit evenings, and family time on the lawn.
Here are 2 basic late winter lawn care tasks that will help you have a better lawn during summer:
1. Remove Tree Debris – If your lawn is littered with tree debris then remove as much as possible with a rake or leaf blower before weed pre-emergent is applied. In addition to improving pre-emergent coverage, removing pine cones or sweet gum pods has the added benefit of removing some of the seeds that would otherwise produce tree seedlings in your lawn during spring and summer.
2. Mow Down the Brown – Before weed pre-emergent is applied, mow lower than normally recommended during the growing season and bag/remove the clippings. Shorter top growth will allow the pre-emergent to reach the soil where it needs to be. After the first mowing, raise your mower to the recommended height for your grass type.
After doing these two basic tasks, applying a pre-emergent is key to reducing summer annual weeds such as crabgrass that would otherwise sprout and grow throughout the summer. When a lawn is cleaned up and mowed before the first treatment of the year, more of the pre-emergent applied will coat the soil and it will be more effective at preventing weeds that grow from seeds during summer.
Beginning lawn treatments very early in the year sets you up for the best return on your lawn treatment investment. If you are already a Crownover Green customer, then we will be on your lawn very soon for its first treatment this year.
If you are not already a Crownover Green client and are interested in getting started with our lawn treatment services, visit our website to request a quote: https://crownovergreen.com/get-a-quote/