Tulsa Landscape Design and more…
Tulsa Landscape Design and more…
It looks like spring in Tulsa is right around the corner. While many love the cold weather, most in Tulsa live for the warmer weather. Have the winter blues and tired of looking at a brown lawn? It’s time to start planning ahead. Use these lawn fertilization tips to hit the ground running when warm weather arrives. This will ensure a healthy, green and lush looking lawn when the heat in Tulsa arrives.
Your soils pH is very important in the fertilization process. When soil temperatures reach 60 degrees it’s time to fertilize. Without the proper chemical balance and nutrients, it can make it hard for lawns to survive the Oklahoma heat. There are several places you can have your soil tested for as little as $10. Visit your local extension office for a soil kit. Some reputable lawn companies offer it for free. Testing your soils pH will tell you if your soil is lacking in areas such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. If so, you can pin point which areas to replenish for a healthy beautiful lawn.
A good way to prepare your lawn for the spring is to aerate. This will remove the thatch or dead grass that’s built up and chocking the root system. Aeration penetrates the soil as well to ensure the nutrients are imbedded deep in the soil. If you do this early enough you may also over seed in the spring. This will fill in any unsightly areas or simply thicken up your grass. You can rent an aeration machine from any local rental company or contact your spring lawn care provider.
Apply pre emergent weed control. This will help remove any winter weeds that have crept in your yard or limonite any weeds left over from last year. Applying a good pre emergent will put a stop to those pesky weeds and allow lawns to be weed free all summer long. This step is usually an affordable investment to have a professional Tulsa lawn care service treat your yard for weeds.
ONLY BERMUDA lawns need to be scalped. Lawn scalping involves cutting your grass at the lowest or nearly the lowest setting on your mower. This allows you to remove the dormant grass and promote spring growth. Bermuda lies dormant during the winter, so scalping can help jump start its transition into spring lawn care growth. Several benefits of scalping are that it allows more sunlight to warm up soil faster. Which in turn, speeds up grass growth and thwarts off diseases that lie in the grass from thatch. Thatch holds moisture, which can be a have for diseases in your hard. Do not scalp fescue!
If you’ve followed the first four steps, your lawn should be growing and looking good. Mowing for most people is a time consuming task. Although many love to turn off their phones, slip their headphones on and step away from life, taking pleasure in the smell and look of a fresh cut lawn. But there is a science to it. Have you ever seen lawns that are uneven or “tracked up”? This is caused by mowing the same direction every time you cut your lawn. Mowing the same direction will cause ruts from the impact of soil when mowing the same way. Grass leans in the direction it is cut, so changing the direction allows it to grow straight up. Mowing height is another important part. Bermuda grasses should be cut to 3/4 to 1″ in height. It should look dense. This will choke out weeds. A good healthy Bermuda yard should look like big, green, dense mat. Fescue lawns or Rye should be mowed on the highest setting. The best is around 2-3 inches and no higher. If you cut any taller than that, the grass will flop over, and if you cut it too short, the grass will be susceptible to weeds. It dries out faster, and over time does poorly.
Now just sit back and watch you lawn thrive. It should be green and vibrant. We recommend a Tulsa weed control and fertlization plan for your yard. The minimum is 6 treatments for a well groomed yard. We prefer 7 that will ensure a year round healthy yard. Still not sure where to start? Request a free spring lawn care estimate!
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at anytime. We are your Tulsa Lawn Care Experts!