summer-lawn-care-guide-1Hello Springtime! One of the best seasons of the year is here which means we get to enjoy mild temperatures and fewer bugs. Spring is also the time to start thinking about your lawn again—it’s reawakening after the “winter” lull and is expecting a lot of good things from you. If you need some help tending your lawn or just want advice, call the Orlando lawn care experts Apex. Along with tips and advice, we offer fertilizing and pest control treatments that will keep your yard looking happy and fresh all year long. In the meantime, here are some monthly tips to get your lawn ready for the warm Florida months that lie ahead of us:

March – Prep Your Lawn—early spring is a time for raking and cleaning up yard debris—it’s also one of the best times for dethatching, which is when dead grass and other debris is removed. Mow your grass lower than normal then use a grape (grubbing) hoe to remove the thatch. Allow your lawn to grow and then check to see if thatch has been properly cleared.

Once the lawn has been dethatched and the soil temperature has reached 55 degrees, apply pre-emergent weed control products. March is also a great time to aerate your lawn, which is where a tool is used to remove plugs of soil, roots and grass to allow air, water and nutrients to get down into the ground below the lawn where they can do their best work.

April – Fertilize—start fertilizing as soon as the threat of frost is gone. It can be difficult to know when that is, but in warm-season areas, it’s usually around mid to late April. April is also a good time to think about contacting a pest control company about laying down treatments to keep pests from ruining all your hard work.

May – Support—late spring is the time of ultimate growth, it’s important that you keep adding fertilizer to keep your grass fat and happy, and mowing to keep things from getting wild. It’s also a time of water management—you want to keep your soil just moist enough so that your grass will keep growing—that means noting how much it rains and adjusting your watering schedule accordingly because everyone knows how sporadic the Florida afternoon thunderstorms can be.

Lawns, like people, tend to thrive when receiving generous amounts of TLC—this is particularly true during the spring. If you’d like some help offering all that love and care, call the Orlando lawn care experts at Apex at 800-929-2847 and one of our highly trained staff will come out and provide you with a no obligation quote.