Maier Tree and Lawn understands that you may be a little bit overzealous about your lawn care as the snow begins to melt in Rochester, MN. But timing your care to properly bolster your lawn growth may take a bit of patience. Your lawn may not yet be ready for in-depth care following the first melt of the season. But if you’re aiming to prepare your property for a productive spring, you can take some steps to ensure that you get the most out of your early springtime lawn maintenance. Maier Tree and Lawn recommends starting with a few simple steps to perk up your lawn without overwhelming it.
Lawn Care Steps
First and foremost, it’s good to wait until you’re confident that re-freezing isn’t in the immediate future before you start considering watering and mowing. If the thaw isn’t complete, you may just be introducing more freezable water into the root systems of your grass, or you may risk tearing up frozen parts of your lawn with a mower. Not only do these strategies cause external and internal damage to your property, they can also significantly set back growth. Instead, let the thaw continue naturally to give your lawn a chance to shake off the last of winter on its own before you intervene.
If you’re feeling antsy waiting for the last of the snow to melt away, you can take some time to clear any leftover debris from the surface of your lawn that may have been buried under the winter snow. This could include piles of leaves, large sticks or bark, animal debris, and beyond. During this process, check for evidence of snow mold or unusual weed growth that may have started to sprout during the winter. Taking note of problem areas in your lawn can help reduce the potential damage throughout the spring and give you some direction when your lawn care begins in earnest.
Finally, don’t be afraid to pull some weeds once the ground is soft enough. Depending on the state of your lawn, you can use weed pulling as an excuse to get a closer look at the grass and soil to see if you may want to incorporate fertilizer into your spring lawn care routine. If the ground is still too hard to penetrate, give it a little time before breaking through the icy soil. If you're not sure how soon after a melt is too soon, our lawn maintenance experts can help.
Following The First Melt
If you’re struggling to start your spring lawn care following the first melt, Maier Tree and Lawn is here to lend our expertise. We can address any problem areas you spot or create a post-winter lawn maintenance plan that will encourage growth without jeopardizing the health of your grasses and gardens. If you’re interested in post-winter lawn maintenance, or need lawn care support for your Rochester, MN, property, contact Maier Tree and Lawn today at (507) 286–8733 or visit our website here for more information.