Good Morning! Believe it or not it is time to prepare your lawn for Spring. I know the weather in Dallas this week is not inspiring, but it is time. How to begin preparing:
1. Clean Up
3. Stop Weeds
I say clean up first because if you have a lot of dead leaves and trimming that needs to take place it is going to prevent your fertilizer from getting into the soil. I will post again soon with specifics on trimming and pruning. Stay tuned.
Fertilize your lawn and flower beds: Your first application should be in late February (Houston/Austin area) to early March (DFW area). It is not a deal breaker if you are a little early or a little late. The key is to doing it. I typically do three applications a year (March, June and October). You want to us a complete fertilizer and many nurseries recommend a 21-5-10 ratio. This is pretty standard. Be sure to water thoroughly after you apply.
And don’t forget your potted plants. Your potted plants lose nutrients more quickly because they are not in the ground and everything runs out the bottom of the pot. I try to do multiple levels of fertililizing for my potted plants. As I fertilize the lawn I also throw a bit in each of my potted plants. It works for them too. And then throughout the season I will apply some sort of miracle bloom product.
The best way to truly fight weeds is to keep your lawn healthy. A healthy lawn will choke out the weeds; however, sometimes weeds are just a beat down and you need help to fight them. In that case use a pre-emergent. Calloway’s nursery recommends Bonide® Weed Beater Complete. It prevents weed seeds from germinating (pre-emergent) and kills both grassy and broadleaf weeds that have already sprouted (post-emergent) in mature lawns and landscapes.
There is also a fabulous weed fighter that you can use in your flower beds — don’t get it on your grass or it will kill it — Green Light, AMAZE Grass & Weed Preventer.
Stay tuned. I will be posting how to videos and other important details soon for getting your lawn Spring ready.
Have a great week!