While it is only February and it may seem like winter will never end, spring is just around the corner. Are you ready? In terms of Utah lawn care, homeowners have a long to-do list to prepare their property for the nicer weather.
There are many different tasks you need to complete in spring. In early spring you will need to apply fertilizer to your entire lawn. This will replenish nutrients that were lost during the winter. Fertilizing your lawn in the spring will also help your grass to grow strong and healthy the rest of the year.
Applying a pre-emergent herbicide will help with weed and pest control. The herbicide will prevent germination of many different weeds that can grow in the spring, especially after a mild winter. A little work in the beginning of the growing season will prevent a lot of work later in the year.
It is also important to treat any stress related diseases that occurred during the winter. Diseases such as snow mold can occur if there were multiple freezes and thaws during the winter. Treat the patches and then reseed to help new grass grow and keep your lawn looking great.
You should check all of your tools and make sure that they are in good working order. Now is a good time to maintain your lawn mower, sharpen blades, and replace any tools that are old or not working properly. You will also want to check your supplies to make sure you have enough fertilizer, top soil, and herbicide to take care of any situations that may arise during spring and summer months.
Any preparations you can do now will help make sure that you are ready once spring finally arrives. It is a good cure for the winter blues and cabin fever that often sets in during February. Start your to-do list now and if you have any questions feel free to contact us for a free consultation.
Winter Utah lawn care may include the occasional inspection of your yard and some maintenance. Depending on the weather that occurred during the fall and early winter, your lawn may suffer some damage.
If some of your trees shed their leaves late in the fall and then were covered with snow you will want to make sure that you take care of that as soon as possible. You’ll also want to note if there was a layer of snow that came early and then had leaves that fell on top of it. Layers of leaves and snow or snow that falls early in the season can cause snow mold and need to be removed quickly.
If there are patches of your lawn that are covered in ice for long period of time you will want to chip the ice away. You’ll also want to make sure that you avoid using salt on ice so that it doesn’t land on your grass and hurt your lawn.
If you have a period of thaw you may want to inspect areas of your lawn to determine if any weeds of grown or there are bare patches. You can care for these bare patches if the ground isn’t frozen. You can aerate the lawn; apply grass seed, and high nitrogen fertilizer.
If you notice that there are multiple bare patches in your yard but the ground is to frozen to work with you will want to make note of that and make sure that you are prepared when you do your yard work in the spring. When winter Utah lawn care becomes difficult due to severe weather conditions or you find that you have any questions feel free to contact Turf Plus. We are always here to help you with your lawn care questions and preparations that you need to make for spring.
While fall care of a Utah lawn includes raking leaves, final mows, and applying winter fertilizer, many people forget one aspect of winter lawn preparation. If you have shrubs and trees in your yard you may want to consider protecting them against winter weather.
Unlike your lawn which is normally covered in a blanket of snow, shrubs and trees are exposed to winter elements. The severe cold temperatures and high winds can often damage bare branches and shrubbery. If you have not already done so you may want to consider covering your shrubs and wrapping your trees.
There are different ways that you can protect your shrubs depending on their size and spacing. If you have one or two shrubs in a small area you can create a cover out of a series of plywood. You would construct them into a shape similar to a lean to and lift them over your shrubs.
If you have only one shrub in a certain spot then you can create a cover out of two pieces of plywood. You would nail and the other in a tepee shape and lower them over the shrub.
With trees you will want to wrap the trunks with burlap and then place a light fencing around the edges. If these trees are dwarfed trees you may want to consider creating a lean to or tepee construction to place over the trees as you would the shrubbery. Another task you may want to complete with the trees is to trim the branches. If the fall was mild you trees may have seen some growth before winter frost. Trimming the trees now will help keep them healthy in the spring.
Caring for your Utah lawn includes any flowers, bushes, or trees that you may have. This way your entire lawn will look beautiful and healthy as the weather warms in the spring. Always remember that you can contact Turf Plus any time of year with questions that you have about caring for your lawn.
Due to the cold temperatures Utah lawn care in the winter does not normally consist of looking for molds or other lawn diseases. There is one problem that may infect your lawn in the winter. While you may not see signs of it until spring, there are preventative measures that you can take to protect your lawn from gray or pink snow mold.
Pink snow mold, also known as Fusarium patch, and facts the crown of the plant and is severe. Gray snow mold, also known as Typhula light, infects the leaf tissue. These two snow molds are named this way because of the pink or gray coloring that you will see on your lawn in the spring. They are called snow mold because they occurr in the winter underneath layers of snow.
There are many different reasons why your lawn may be infected with snow mold. One reason can be when you receive a heavy snowfall that covers the ground before it is completely frozen. This can often happen early in the year before temperatures have dropped consistently to freeze the ground.
Another reason why your lawn may contract snow mold is because there is a layer of debris between your lawn and the snow. This can be leaves that were not removed before the snowfall or even toys that were left out that allow water to collect on the grass.
If you did not know your lawn before the end of fall and your grass is longer than normal you may run the risk of your lawn contracting snow mold in the winter. If you applied fertilizer late in the fall that caused an area of your lawn to grow rapidly before the frost you may also run the risk of having instances of snow mold in the spring.
Utah lawn care treatment of snow mold usually does not occur until the spring after the snow has melted. There are fungicides that can be used to treat the lawn; however they often cause more damage than the mold itself. It is often recommended that the grass be left alone and it will recover over time as the warm temperatures rise in the lawn has a chance to dry.
If pink or gray snow mold has left a bare patch in your lawn you can take care of that with other spring maintenance chores. If you feel that you may have pink or gray snow mold, or any other Utah lawn care questions, feel free to contact us for advice. Turf Plus is always there to take care of our customers even during the winter months.
For most people, caring for their Utah lawn is basic this time of year. You need to keep in mind however that depending on the type of winter you have, there are some tasks that you may need to accomplish in order to have a healthy lawn.
If the weather is inconsistent it can damage your lawn. Lawns can survive severe conditions without too much harm. However, if there is a drastic change in weather conditions, such as a series of freezes and thaws, then you may need to inspect your lawn for damage. When the ground is consistently frozen and then thawed it can crack or have small ruptures. These cracks and ruptures can harm the roots of your lawn.
Another condition that you need to monitor is if your lawn is covered in ice for long periods of time. If you have a spot on your lawn has been covered in ice through more than 30 days you’ll want to consider chipping the ice away to protect your lawn.
Although the snow can help protect your lawn from some damage you need to make sure that people are careful when they are out and about in your yard. If you have an area that sees a high amount of traffic in your yard then the constant foot paths can cause your winter lawn damage. In addition mice and other vermin often travel under the snow. Therefore, in the spring you will want to inspect your lawn for any signs of damage that need to be repaired.
Caring for your Utah lawn is a year round proposition. Even though your duties may be lighter this time of year understand that Turf Plus is always there for you. Please contact us with any questions or problems that you may have so that we can help you keep your winter lawn healthy.