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Spring Start Up Tips for Your Established Lawn
By Don Schlup
spring-grass

Core Aeration:

One way to provide the best growing environment is to awaken your lawn with a good mechanical aeration. Deep aeration will remove soil cores that contain thatch and reduce compaction from winter activities. Aeration will increase water penetration, stimulate new growth, and provide openings for fertilizer, air, and moisture to enter the lawn.

Apply Fertilizer:

Nitrogen is the most important major nutrient that turf grasses require. It is always the first number on the fertilizer label. ScienTurfic Turf Fertilizer 20-20-10 2Fe 3S, contains 20% nitrogen by volume. Nitrogen is needed to promote growth, green color, density, and overall health of the grass plants.

The second number on the label is phosphorous that helps promote root growth. The third number is potassium or potash. It aids to protect grass plants against diseases and helps promote drought resistance. Iron and sulfur are needed for chlorophyll development and general plant health.

We recommend a rotary fertilizer spreader to make the application. It will apply the granules more evenly throughout the lawn. Always read and follow the label instructions on the fertilizer bag.

Mowing

Lawns should be mowed according to the rate of grass growth. Do not remove more than 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch of the grass leaf blades in any one cutting. The recommended height for ScienTurfic's Eco-Turf ranges from 2 to 2 1/2-inches. You should start mowing as soon as the grass reaches a height of 3 inches.

Be sure the mower blades are sharp. Dull blades will shred the tips of the grass plants and cause "white tipping" of the lawn. When dull blades tear and bruise the blades, the wounded grass plants become weakened and are susceptible to diseases. Sharp blades will cut cleanly to ensure rapid healing and re-growth of the grass plants.