Early Spring Lawn Care – Round 1 Application
In the earliest stages of spring, the top priority for lawn care should be to help it recover from the damage it has sustained through the cold Chicago winter. The best lawn care strategies to employ in the first weeks of spring are fertilizer application and weed control. Applying slow release fertilizer will help promote growth and effective weed control early will help keep your lawn free of weeds to make a stronger recovery. The lives of most insects do not begin this early in the season so it is wise to refrain from using any pesticides or insect control until at least April.
The most effective fertilizer to apply in early spring is slow release, high nitrogen granular fertilizer. Granular fertilizer consists of coated granules that dissolve slowly to release nutrients over time, resulting in steady, even distribution. The granules settle into the soil after the application and begin taking effect within 24 hours. Granular fertilizer is beneficial because the nature of its release prevents over fertilization and uneven fertilization and it is safe for people and pets immediately after application with no drying time. This fertilizer is ideal for the early spring because it provides necessary nutrients for growth and recovery without shocking the lawn with a full fertilizer application.
In addition to effective fertilization methods, weed control and prevention are also important at the beginning of the season. Our pre-emergent weed control is a blend of selective herbicides that target common weeds but is safe for grass. It will begin to affect existing weeds within 24 hours of the application and help prevent weeds from developing. It is important that the first weeks of spring lawn care are dedicated to restoring growth with proper fertilization and beginning to implement weed control before they can become a problem. These early spring methods will contribute to the development of a thick root system which is a lawn’s best natural defense against weeds.