Spring Lawn Care
Spring Lawn Care St. Louis, MO. The early bird gets the worm, right? Well, no, not when it comes to spring lawn care. Beginning too soon can actually damage your lawn. This begs the question: How can you know when it’s time to start mowing, fertilizing, and watering? The answer is easy — contact the area’s spring lawn care professionals at Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis. Call us today at (314) 450-0342 or contact us online for a free estimate.
Our spring lawn care experts have decades of experience working on St. Louis area lawns, fields, and greenspaces. We know the importance of a plush, vibrant green lawn, and we know how to go about getting — and maintaining — one. Whether it’s installing a sprinkler system to save you time, water, and money, repairing an existing sprinkler system, or providing you with options for landscape lighting, Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis is the place to contact for all of your lawn care needs. We do the heavy lifting in the spring so that you can enjoy your lawn the rest of the year.
Spring Lawn Care: Is It Time to Start Spring Lawn Care?
Here in St. Louis, the spring lawn care team at Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis knows that the weather changes at the drop of a hat. One spring day it’s sunny and 60 degrees, followed by 22° and sleet or snow — the band The Clash was onto something with, “One day it’s fine and next it’s black.” So, there is no specific day we can circle on the calendar and say it’s the best time to start spring lawn care maintenance. However, there are some signs that we look for to help decide when to start spring lawn care:
- The grass and soil should be completely thawed.
- There shouldn’t be any standing water or muddy areas on the lawn.
- Average temperatures should be consistently above 40°.
- Grass should have started actively growing.
If you have any questions or concerns about spring lawn care, or wonder if your lawn is ready, be sure to call Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis right away at (314) 450-0342 or contact us. We can run some quick tests on your lawn to see if we’re ready to get started on spring lawn care.
In the spring, the regrowth should be noticeably longer and a bright, healthy green color. When it has reached about 2 to 3 inches in length, the grass is ready for the first mow of the season. Waiting until this point to start spring lawn care will only help protect the delicate, new grass shoots from damage and safeguard the grass roots from trampling and infection. Grass roots will also grow deeper if they need to reach for moisture.
Spring Lawn Care: It’s Time to Get Your Lawn Ready
When spring is in the air, contacting Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis should coincide with seeing the first crocuses and daffodils. If you want to have more time to spend with your family doing the things you love, call us at (314) 450-0342. We’ll do the dirty work so that you can enjoy healthy, green grass and more free time. We have a spring lawn care step-by-step guide to help St. Louis homeowners ready their lawns. As your spring lawn care specialists, we would be happy to help with any of the following:
Service the Lawn Mower
Spring means it’s time to bust out the trusty ol’ lawn mower and give it a once over. If you have issues starting it up, that could be a sign that it might be due for a tuneup. In three easy steps you can get your mower back in tip-top shape. Among the key tuneup tasks is sharpening the mower blade. A dull blade damages your lawn, just like a dull razor hurts your skin. A sharp blade isn’t just important for aesthetics though, it helps prevent disease. The wounds left by a dull mower are prime entry points for fungal diseases to take hold.
You may still have a few stray fallen leaves on the ground, but our early spring raking is done primarily to remove thatch. A little thatch is a good thing, helping to moderate temperature extremes. However, an accumulation of thatch over a half-inch thick will deter air and water movement and invite unwanted pests and diseases. Think of this as our spring-cleaning on your lawn. Your spring lawn care specialists at Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis rake deeply and thoroughly to help break up any remnants of turfgrass from the previous season. During the raking we will inspect the lawn, particularly any matted patches, for snow mold. New grass may have difficulty penetrating these matted patches, but raking can solve this problem. Also, caught early enough, the spring lawn care team at Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis can solve the snow mold issue quickly and permanently.
Aerate if Necessary
If your lawn gets heavy traffic, like lots of running and playing in one spot, this can cause soil compaction. Our lawn aeration service creates openings in lawn turf that allows water and air to penetrate the soil and reach the grassroots. Aeration is particularly useful on golf courses, mostly on the greens, where there is heavy traffic. Spring is not the perfect time to aerate the lawn, but circumstances may require it. You should contact our spring lawn care team if you notice any of these signs:
- Water pooling on the surface of a flat yard.
- The grass looks stressed or weak.
- The soil is hard to the touch.
Give our spring lawn care staff at Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis a call at (314) 450-0342.
Assess the Soil
For those of us who avoided chemistry like the plague in high school, and didn’t grow up with a swimming pool in the backyard, pH levels are a mystery. But they’re old hat for the pros at Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis. Most lawns thrive at a pH range between 6 and 7, near neutral. Prime examples would be types of grass common in the St. Louis area:
- Tall fescue grows best in soil that is 5.5-7.5 pH
- Perennial ryegrass is also best in 5.5-7.5 pH
- Kentucky bluegrass prefers 6.5-7.2 pH
- Zoysiagrass needs 6-7 pH
Acidic soils have pH levels below 7, while alkaline soils measure higher than 7. If your soil is well outside this range it can be subject to moss growth. Our spring lawn care pros can institute soil amendments, such as ground limestone, to nudge the pH back to optimal levels. This takes time though, as the liming takes hold gradually.
A lawn riddled with bare patches due to heavy traffic, dog spots, or neglect may need an application of extra grass seed to fill in those patches. Overseeding is the process of sowing seed over existing grass. Fall is the preferred time to do overseeding, but if your grass is in dire need of help, our spring lawn care experts can do it in the spring. It’s possible to apply seed only to the visible bare patches, but we prefer to overseed the entire lawn to ensure consistent, steady growth and a yard that remains thick and healthy.
A vibrant green lawn takes more than simple sprinkling. It takes professional fertilization from our spring lawn care team. We have a customizable, annual fertilization schedule that is dependent on the size and type of your lawn. Earlier on in our spring lawn care, we stick to an organic approach, like topdressing with compost and mulching lawn clippings into a nourishing source of nitrogen.
Weeding Out The Weeds
For those who prefer weed-free lawns, spring lawn care is as much about weed prevention as it is about fostering lawn growth. The Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis spring lawn care team does not get rid of all lawn weeds in the same manner. Depending upon whether a weed is annual or perennial, we use either a pre-emergent herbicide or a post-emergent herbicide. To fight weeds like crabgrass, you may need both. Pre-emergent herbicides attack weeds before their seedlings can even emerge. They work by forming a chemical barrier in the top layer of the soil that coats seeds and prevents them from growing roots and shoots. Dandelions are cheerful yellow flowers that are also stubborn perennial growers, first making their appearance in the spring. Post-emergent herbicides, particularly ones formulated for broadleaf weeds, are key for dandelion growth. Other weeds we deal with in our spring lawn care treatment include chickweed, white clover, and wild violets.
The Spring Lawn Care Experts | Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis
Lawn Sprinklers of St. Louis is the spring lawn care company you need in your yard. We are dedicated to delivering exceptional results and we are as passionate about spring lawn care as you are about having an amazing, head-turning, the-neighbors-are-jealous-again lawn. For more than 40 years, our spring lawn care staff has helped St. Louis homeowners maximize their lawn’s potential.