Spring weather is like a wake-up call for your lawn. While most turf grasses go brown and dormant during the winter, the longer days and milder temperatures prompt them to start growing again. It’s important to feed your lawn soon so it will become a lush, green carpet you can enjoy throughout the summer and fall.
No matter what kind of grass you’re growing, good lawn care starts with a soil test to see whether you need to adjust your soil’s pH or add nutrients.
Test the Soil and Feed Your Lawn
Most grasses thrive in a pH range of 6.0 to 6.50. If your test indicates your soil is on the acidic side (lower than 5.5), you may want to add lime. If your test shows alkalinity (a pH of 7.0 or above), you’ll need garden sulfur. Follow the directions on the product you choose to know how much to apply.
Most lawns also need a fertilizer with micronutrients. Vigoro’s new Assurance Technology products are made with smaller, more uniform particles than other fertilizers, so they distribute evenly over your grass.
Even feeding means even greening: Your grass greens up in 72 hours, and Vigoro fertilizers with Assurance are guaranteed not to burn.
Vigoro’s Assurance Technology fertilizers also contain time-released nitrogen, so your lawn is fed for an extended period of time.
Assurance Technology isn’t just available in Vigoro lawn fertilizer. It’s also in Vigoro weed and feed products. The new, smaller particles stick to weeds better, meaning your lawn has better coverage and you get better weed control. As your grass flourishes and develops deep, strong roots, it’s more able to withstand the summer heat and drought.
A little prep work will help the Assurance particles make good contact with the soil and reach the roots of your grass.
Prep Your Lawn
Before you fertilize, use our checklist below to prepare your lawn:
- Rake your lawn thoroughly to remove thatch, which is a build-up of living and dead grass, and to loosen any mats that have formed over the winter.
- Use an aerator if your soil is compacted from foot traffic or parking and driving over the grass. To test for compaction, push a screwdriver into the ground. If it won’t penetrate more than 2 inches, it’s time to aerate. You can rent lawn and garden machines that remove small plugs of soil.
- Water your lawn regularly and deeply once a week. (If you recently re-seeded, hold your watering to 10 or 15 minutes. You only want to dampen the seeds, so be careful of washing them away.)
Make sure your mower blade is sharpened and ready to go as your lawn turns lush and green for spring.
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