April Showers Bring…

April Showers Bring…

by PJ Kratohvil
of Complete Solutions

…Warmer weather, rain, hail, tornadoes, stormy nights and even cold snaps…yep, it’s April in Texas!

We hope everyone’s staying safe and weathering these last rounds of storms. It seems like all we’ve been doing is “storm damage control” here lately but some of that has lead us into cleaning up the patios and bed spaces, ensuring they are free of debris and ready for use. We are going to focus this month’s article on your turf areas. Seeing as spring is such a transitional time, there’s a lot to
keep in mind.

As the weather begins to change so should the aesthetics around your property. One of the most noticeable is the grass starting to turn. To ensure you get a healthy lawn this year, check out our TOP 3:

With our terrible north Texas soils ensure that you aerate every third year at a minimum. Not doing so will allow the soil to get hard, cutting off the amount of nutrients and oxygen resulting in your grass thinning and dying out. If you can’t remember or are new to the property, the quickest way to tell if it’s time to aerate is by sticking a knife down into the ground. If it stops 1.5-2.5” down then call your grass guy, if it goes further then your probably good for another year.

A good rule of thumb is to ensure your grassy areas get on average 1 inch of water per week. Obvious water restrictions and weather conditions should be taken into account. If you have not done so NOW is the time to get the irrigation system on and evaluated. Broken pipes, busted heads and/or clogged nozzles can all lead to under or over watering. Either direction will have a negative result on your yard space.

Another way to ensure your grass is thick and healthy this season is to establish a fertilization schedule and stick to it. Being consistent with this CAN offer immediate results BUT more often will take a few treatments before you really see improvements. Being realistic with your goals and paying more for quality products are two things to keep in mind. Typically cheaper chemicals will not treat as well and will wear out a lot faster than a name brand product with a slower release schedule.

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