Tips for Spring Green Up
- Mow the grass very short. Its important to wait until temperatures warm up a little from winter. The best time to do this is late March or early April in the Maryland area. Mow Tall Fescue and Kentucky bluegrass down to about an inch and a half. Zoysia and Bermuda can be mowed as low as one inch in late April. This will do 2 things: it trims off the yellow dormant grass blade leaving the new green growth exposed, and also allows more sunlight to reach the soil. Soil temperature is a major driver for green up and new growth.
- Fertilize your lawn. Wait until the grass has naturally started to green up (late March or Early April for cool season grasses, and late April for Zoysia and Bermuda). Fertilizer provides much needed nutrients that encourage healthy growth.
- Be patient. Grass turns dormant each year to protect itself from cold winters and reduce its energy use when photosynthesis is happening at a reduced rate.