As your lawn wakes up in spring, prepare it for a year of healthy growth with the care it needs to thrive. With a few easy steps, you’ll prepare your lawn to defend itself against weeds, drought, and disease.
Rake & Overseed
Get out and enjoy the brisk mornings and beautiful Spring days in Maryland by raking to remove remaining fall leaves and grasses that didn’t survive winter. Raking loosens matted grass and the soil.
Fill bare or thin spots in the lawn by overseeding. Late spring is the best time to overseed. When you overseed, use a seed starter like Espoma Seed Starter or Greenview Seed Starter. After you have cut the new grass 2 times or approximately 6-8 weeks later, apply regular lawn fertilizer like Espoma All Season Lawn Fertilizer or Greenview Fairway Spring Fertilizer with Weed Control.
Aerate & Dethatch
Aeration is the solution for compacted soil. How often you should aerate your lawn depends on soil type. Late spring to early summer is the right time to aerate most grasses. Call Homestead Gardens for recommendations on aerating and dethatching.
Weed & Fertilize
If weeds are a problem in your lawn, apply Greenview Fairway Spring Fertilizer with weed control or Espoma Weed Preventer to keep Crabgrass seeds left from the previous summer from germinating. Timing is critical for this application. Most of our weed products have timing recommendations or you can ask your Homestead sales associate.
Apply spring fertilizer roughly three weeks after grass starts greening. This is usually just after two or three mowings. If you apply fertilizer too early, you risk feeding weeds and creating fertilizer runoff.
Water & Mow
In Maryland, spring rains typically provide sufficient moisture for lawns. Only water if rains are scarce and grass shows signs of dehydration.
Start mowing when the ground is dry enough and grass is long enough to require cutting. Cut at the proper height for your type of grass. Grass cut too short allows sunlight to reach soil, encouraging weed seeds to germinate. When mowing, leave the clippings. The grass biodegrades, adding nutrients to the soil. This reduces the need for fertilizer. Lawn mowers with mulching cut grass into tiny pieces, which break down quicker. If you need to know what height is recommended for your type of grass, please call either one of our stores to ask a Homestead Gardens sales associate.