10 Essential Spring Lawn Care Tips for Your Greensboro Lawn


When the vibrant colors of spring finally push through the remnants of winter, it’s time for you to kick your lawn care into high gear. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just dipping your toes into the art of landscaping, understanding the needs of your lawn during spring is crucial for a healthy, vigorous garden all season long. In Greensboro, local flora and green spaces play an integral role in the community’s visual appeal. To help you maintain a magical lawn this spring, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of lawn care tips that will have your outdoor space the envy of every neighbor.

1. Start Mowing at the Right Height

Your first mow of the season signifies the renewal of lawn care efforts. However, the height at which you mow will make a significant impact. For cool-season grasses common in Greensboro like fescue and bluegrass, maintaining a height between 3-4 inches is necessary. This height ensures that grass blades shade the soil, preventing weed growth, and encourages root development, leading to a thicker, healthier lawn.

2. Fertilize and Control Weeds

As your lawn greens up, it’s time to give it the nutrients it craves. A balanced fertilizer provides the boost your grass needs, promoting strong growth and a lush appearance. Simultaneously, apply post-emergent herbicides to combat those opportunistic weeds before they can take hold. Timing is critical here, and the key is to fertilize as rapid spring growth begins to slow, usually in mid-spring.

3. Use Weed and Feed Products

To make your weed control process even easier, go for the all-in-one solution. Scotts Turf Builder Plus Weed Control is a great product suited for Greensboro residents. Applying this between mid to late month—about 6-8 weeks after crabgrass application—will target a broad spectrum of lawn weeds, saving you time and potentially money.

4. Look Out for Sod Webworm

These pesky larvae of a lawn moth can quickly destroy your grass by feeding on the tender blades. Keep a close eye out for the first signs of sod webworm, typically after the major moth flight in late spring.

5. Apply Insecticides Wisely

If sod webworm becomes a problem, it’s time to consider a more aggressive approach to pest management. Insecticides can be applied approximately 10 days after the major moth flight. Always follow the label instructions carefully to ensure the safety of your lawn and local wildlife.

6. Protect Your Plants

When you spot signs of insect activity, don’t delay in treating the problem. Spectracide Triazicide Complete Insect Killer granules are specifically formulated for lawn insects and can be applied mid-month to get ahead of any infestation.

7. Time Your Pruning Right

Timing your pruning correctly can mean the difference between encouraging growth and hindering it. For shrubs that bloom in spring, like azaleas and forsythias, wait until after they bloom to prune. For hollies and other conifers, prune as needed throughout the season to maintain their shape.

8. Mulch for Soil Health

Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your landscape. Mulch conserves moisture, suppresses weed growth, and improves soil health as it decomposes. For new plantings in your garden, mulch or pine straw serves as a natural and beneficial fertilizer.

9. Refresh your Beds

As the season changes, it’s a good time to refresh your garden beds. Remove any old mulch or pine straw down to a depth of 2 inches and replace with fresh material. This process allows the soil to breathe and absorb the new nutrients provided by the mulch.

10. Protect Trees and Shrubs

You’ve invested time and effort in your trees and shrubs, so it’s essential to protect them. Applying a Tree Insect Control spray in spring shields against pests like the Emerald Ash Borer, ensuring your woody plants stay healthy and vibrant.

GLS Landscaping: Spring Lawn Care Done Right

By following these 10 spring lawn care tips, you will not only create a beautiful garden that complements the lush landscape of Greensboro, but you’ll also foster a sustainable environment that flourishes throughout the year. Remember, the key to effective lawn care is consistency and staying ahead of the game—your diligence will be rewarded with a lawn that becomes the pride of your entire neighborhood. Contact GLS Landscaping for all your landscaping needs and to ensure your lawn is in top shape this spring.

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