For Utah lawn care, the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” indicate a time of growth. Indeed, the decreasing rainfall and increasing temperatures experienced during this month will create a beautiful green lawn for you and your family to enjoy. In order to help you enjoy it to the fullest, we have some tips regarding caring for your grass in May as well as information regarding possible weed issues.
You will most likely see rapid growth in your lawn this month, as well as continuous greening as your lawn recovers from winter. This means that you need to begin the lawn care regimen that will train your lawn and keep it healthy for the rest of the season.
You will need to make sure that your lawn is receiving an adequate amount of water. Because rainfall will decrease from the amount seen in April, you will need to increase manual watering. This can be with either standard or automated watering systems. For both types of sprinklers you will need to make sure that their reach is covering your lawn and not leaving any gaps. Even automated systems need adjustments from the previous year’s use. You will also want to make sure that you aren’t watering your driveway or sidewalk, as this is a waste of water and money.
You will want to water your lawn once or twice a week, depending on the amount of rainfall and the condition of your lawn. If you make sure you saturate up to 10 inches of soil, you will be able to train your root systems and create deep roots. This training will pay off during the year as you see healthier grass with fewer weeds.
You will want to mow your lawn at the second highest setting, removing the top one-third of the blades of grass when you cut your lawn. This will encourage growth, keep your lawn green, and help prevent many of the standard weeds, diseases, and insects seen in this area during the growing season. You will want to increase the number of times you mow your lawn this month in order to keep up with the rapid growth.
Most weeds aren’t common in May, however you may see some signs of dandelions, thistle, mallow or orchid grass. Many people mistake orchid grass for crabgrass, as the two types of weeds are similar, however crabgrass doesn’t appear until the summer. A standard herbicide will take care of most of the weed problems you may encounter in May. If you find that you are having a difficult time removing weeds from your lawn, or you have any other Utah lawn care problems, feel free to contact us for a consultation.