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Spring Lawn Care Steps

Peninsular prepares your spring lawn by making a liquid pre-emergent herbicide application to all areas of your lawn. We will also be spot treating any broadleaf weeds present at time of the application. This pre-emergent treatment provides a barrier to weed seeds germinating over the next six to eight weeks. When applied to a spring lawn, prior to weed emergence, it effectively controls approximately 30 different broadleaf and grassy weeds. Also it is important to note that the areas of your spring lawn which we are treating are only in the sodded portion of your lawn and outside the drip line area of any shrubs or small trees.  Any weeds in the flowerbed should be pulled out by hand.

Adequate soil moisture is necessary after this application; apply at least ½ inch of water within 10 days to maximize its effectiveness. When the weather warms your spring lawn, water needs will increase. Now is a good time to check your sprinkler system for any broken or clogged heads and any broken pipes from freezing weather.

Things you can do to help your spring lawn is to rake the thatch from the lawn, allowing the new blades to have the proper sunlight.  If there are areas of your lawn that are bare, you can use a post hole digger to transplant healthy patches of grass into the area.

Finally, pull up any grassy weeds that have started to bloom.  The seeds will blow throughout the lawn and create even more of a problem.  The broadleaf weeds will be treated with our lawn service program.  This will go a long way in creating a beautiful spring lawn.

Spring lawn care tips

Spring Lawn Care Steps

Spring lawn tips for homeowners 

Spring lawn care tips are important and here are several things you can do to help your lawn recover this spring. 

Thatch

The first spring lawn care tip is to use a leaf rake to remove any dead grass or thatch.  Remember, your spring lawn has been dormant during the winter and it will welcome the help. New growth needs sunshine to flourish and, removing old dead grass will allow for more sun. Your new spring lawn will apreciate your extra effort.

Bare spots

Next, add a layer of topsoil to help promote new growth therefore, if needed, transplant healthy grass from other areas of your lawn to the areas that are bare. This can easily be done with a post hole digger. Just punch out a small grass plug from any area of the lawn that is healthy and tranplant it over to the bare area of the lawn. Remember your initial spring lawn tip and make sure the dead grass or thatch has been removed first.

Lawn Fertilizer

Suitable for spring lawns

The next spring lawn tip is to add fertilizer to the lawn to prepare for the green-up that is about to occur. Peninsular is currently providing Quantum Growth®, a fertilizer application which includes nitrogen and potassium which stimulates root growth. Water it in properly so the roots can absorb the nutrients but, don’t overwater because too much moisture will cause disease and encourages weed growth. 

Check mower blades

Next, be sure to check your mower blade to make sure they are sharp. Dull mower blades cause an uneven cut which can lead to disease issues like fungus.  An even cut allows the grass to heal more easily and your lawn will look better as a result.

pH levels

Finally, test the pH level of your lawn because it will tell you which nutrients are lacking. Not everyone has a pH soil meter so, calling on Peninsular Pest Control for that test is not uncommon.

Handheld pH soil tester
Use a handheld pH meter to check the pH level in your soil.

How to keep FLEAS out of your home and yard

Although you may be treating your pet for fleas you also need to control the fleas in your home and yard at the same time it’s important to treat the grassy area the lawn but, also the areas where the pet likes to rest.

Once inside the house check the same areas which are most used by the pets.

Fleas on Dogs

One way to determine if fleas are active is to place a white cloth on the floor in this area.  Fleas are attracted to white and will appear on the cloth.

Once the home has been treated, people and pets need to stay out until the product is dry. Insect growth regulators can be added to the treatment eliminating the need for any indoor follow-up applications.

But, the yard will need a second treatment two weeks after the initial one.  This will break the lifecycle of the fleas.

Springtime Lawn Care tips

Homeowner Tips:

Peninsular George Springtime San Pablo Point 56
Check your Mower Blade

1. Use a leaf rake to remove any dead grass or thatch

2. Add a layer of topsoil to help promote new growth

3. If needed transplant healthy grass from other areas of your lawn to the areas that are bare

4. Add fertilizer to the lawn to prepare for the green-up that is about to occur

5.  The fertilizer application should include nitrogen and potassium to stimulate root growth

6. Water it in properly so the roots can absorb the nutrients but don’t overwater.  It causes disease and encourages weeds

7. Check your mower blade to make sure it’s sharp.  Dull blades cause an uneven cut which can lead to disease issues.  An even cut allows the grass to heal more easily

8.  Call us if you need help testing the pH level of your lawn.  This will tell you which nutrients are lacking

As always, we offer free estimates and a $30 discount on new services.

Spring Weed Care

Spring Weed Issues

While surveying your lawn for cold damage you may also find areas that contain grassy weeds. Now is the time to dig out these areas or use a non-selective herbicide to kill the crabgrass. Also, rake out the area and loosen the top 3 inches of soil to allow healthy new root growth.

Flowering Weeds in Florida
Pull Flowering Weeds by Hand

These areas will need to be resodded after 10-14 days per the label directions on herbicide. It is important to watch these areas closely as weed seeds may be contained in the soil and may germinate after sod is put down. Pull any new emerging crabgrass by hand and give the new sod the proper water it needs and these areas should re-establish into a healthy lawn with no crabgrass.

Spring lawn tips

Spring Lawn Care Steps

Spring lawn tips are important and here are several things you can do to help your lawn recover in spring.  The first spring lawn tip is to use a leaf rake to remove any dead grass or thatch.  Remember, your spring lawn has been dormant during the winter and it will welcome the help. New growth needs sunshine to flourish and removing old dead grass will help. Your new spring lawn will apreciate your extra effort.

Topsoil

Next, add a layer of topsoil to help promote new growth. And if needed transplant healthy grass from other areas of your lawn to the areas that are bare. This can easily be done with a post hole digger. Just punch out a small grass plug from any area of the lawn that is healthy and tranplant it over to the bare area of the lawn. Remember your initial spring lawn tip and make sure the dead grass or thatch has been removed.

Fertilizer

The next spring lawn tip is to add fertilizer to the lawn to prepare for the green-up that is about to occur. Quantum Growth® is a fertilizer application which includes nitrogen and potassium which stimulate root growth. Water it in properly so the roots can absorb the nutrients but, don’t overwater because too much moisture will cause disease and encourages weed growth. 

Mowers

Spring Lawn Preparation
Check Mower Blades

Be sure to check your mower blade to make sure they are sharp. Dull mower blades cause an uneven cut which can lead to disease issues like fungus.  An even cut allows the grass to heal more easily and your lawn will look better as a result.

Finally, test the pH level of your lawn because it will tell you which nutrients are lacking. Not everyone has a pH soil meter so, calling on Peninsular Pest Control for that test is not uncommon.

Springtime Lawn Tips!

Spring Lawn Care Steps

Nutrients are necessary in order for the lawn to grow during the spring. People often question why they need to fertilize when the grass appears to be brown and dead. It’s important for you to know that although the grass appears to be brown, the roots are still very much alive.As many of our customers are aware we have been applying pre-emergence weed control throughout the winter to help control the weeds as the spring comes around.   I’d like to share some additional inexpensive things a homeowner can do to their lawn to make it look better this spring. 

These suggestions will help maximize the growth of the grass in your yard this spring:

1. Rake out the dead areas of your yard.  This process is called thatching.  Over time, lawns develop a thatch of dry, dead grass at the base of the grass blades. Thatch stops sun and water from reaching the roots of the grass and impedes growth. Most lawns benefit from a springtime dethatching so that the grass has time to recover over the summer.

2. Resod the areas of your yard where the grass missing.  You can either buy grass sections from your local retailer or use a post hole digger to transplant grass from the edge of your yard to these bald patches.

3. Aeration of your yard is also very important.  This is one of the most important cultural practices that a homeowner can perform, or have performed, on their lawn.  You obviously can’t just plow up your yard like a farmer would do, so the only cultural practice that can be performed is aeration.  This core aeration helps relieve compaction and allows for better penetration of water and the better absorption of nutrients.  Our company performs this service for our customers through March and then we will start back up in November. In summary November to March is the time that we do our aeration in preparation for the spring green up and it’s my suggestion that you do it during that time as well.

Lawn Aeration Machine

Nutrients

Let’s talk about Nutrients
The major nutrients that lawns need are: nitrogen and potassium and in some cases phosphorus. Phosphorus has been in the news recently as one of the pollutants that get into our water supply so therefore its usage has been limited to only a ¼ pound of application per thousand square feet of lawn, per year.


One of the things that we as a company is require all of our technicians go through the Green Industry Management Practice classes and they are certified by the state as a GIBNP.  This certification is a requirement that will be in place January, 2014.  It basically states that any person applying fertilizer will have to have a certification by the state and be required to pass a course.  They will then be required to take continuing education on the subject.  All of our technicians are are already in compliance with this new law.