Holmdel, NJ (PRWEB) March 05, 2012
Although a majority of the United States has experienced a significantly mild winter in comparison to the past couple years, the lack of snow and cool temperatures does not mean your lawn and landscape will thrive without a commitment to take better care of it on a daily basis. Lawn Doctor, the nation’s largest lawn care franchise with 460+ units across the country, wants to help homeowners see their lawn and landscape spring back to life.
With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Lawn Doctor knows your lawn is more than an outdoor living space; it’s an investment.
“Many homeowners try to save money and tend to lawn care themselves, but end up skipping crucial steps that are routine for us to keep a lawn lush and healthy,” said Lawn Doctor Director of Technical Services, John Buechner. Spring lawns require extra care following dormant growth.”
Here are five spring lawn care tips designed to promote a healthy yard well into the summer.
Lawn Pest Control: “We’re not the only inhabitants to enjoy a mild winter. Lawn insect populations are often reduced by harsh winters. This spring, a proactive approach toward lawn pest control will be vital towards fighting a larger population of insects that have thrived during the mild winter,” said John Buechner, Lawn Doctor’s Horticulture expert. “Fertilization, weed and lawn pest control combined with proper mowing will stop problems before they start and ensure a beautiful, healthy summer lawn.”
Fertilization: Just like you, your lawn needs a healthy, balanced diet for optimal growth and nourishment. Spring is a crucial time to fertilize because it replenishes the food reserves your yard draws from while dormant in the winter and fuels grass’ rapid growth phase. A top recommendation in lawn care is to utilize a balanced fertilizer consisting of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is best, with 30 percent of the nitrogen slow release. Don’t over-fertilize your lawn – no more than one pound of nitrogen should be applied per 1,000 square feet. A thick, healthy lawn also helps prevent weeds.
Weed control: “After a mild winter, annual weeds that germinate in the fall, like henbit and chickweed, will be more visible and require higher levels of broadleaf weed control through herbicides,” said Buechner. There are hundreds of different types of weeds that may invade your turf this spring. Apply a pre-emergent weed killer on lawns to prevent grassy weeds from germinating. Spring broadleaf weeds like dandelions, clovers and plantains, are best prevented by maintaining a proper mowing height and fertilization.
Mowing: Contrary to popular belief, setting your mower at a very low height can actually increase weeds by exposing the soil surface to sunlight and removing stored nutrients in leaf blades. Cool weather grasses, such as bluegrass, ryegrass and fescues, should maintain a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches. Warm season grasses, like bermuda, zoysia, St. Augustine and centipede, should be kept at 1.5 to 2.5 inches tall.
Seeding: Spring is also the perfect time to plant summer annuals and vegetables, but seeding in fall is beneficial because there are fewer weeds, more moisture and cooler temperatures allow seedlings to develop.
For those lacking a green thumb, Law Doctor has made signing up for key spring services like fertilization, weed control, lawn pest control and power seeding even easier. Lawn Doctor offers the 60 Second Quote, an online tool that provides a free lawn care quote via satellite imagery in just three clicks. Lawn Doctor’s dedicated local experts also offer free on-site evaluations as well as a satisfaction guarantee. Visit lawndoctor.com for more spring lawn care tips.
ABOUT LAWN DOCTOR
Founded in 1967, Lawn Doctor is a 460-plus-unit franchised American brand with local owners. The award winning franchise, including a No. 1 billing as best in category by Entrepreneur Magazine for more than 20 years straight, has established itself as a leader in the lawn care industry through innovative technology, its ability to satisfy the needs of consumers on a national level, and its development and expansion within the industry. For more information on Lawn Doctor, visit http://www.lawndoctor.com.