When spring returns, you will likely notice two different types of lawns: ones that are lush and green and ones with patchy spots and discolored blades of grass. If these lawns experienced the same winter conditions, why don’t they look the same? The answer lies in if the lawn had or had not received a late fall fertilization. Although your lawn may be dormant through the coldest season, there are always ways to be vigilant about lawn treatment. By practicing some of the following and seeking the guidance of the experts at Scientific Plant Service, you can prepare to see your beautiful lawn again come springtime.
What Causes Patchy Lawns?
Sometimes, sparsely growing grass can result from fungal growth, plant diseases, or pests. However, the problem is often nutrient deficiency. After a harsh winter, the soil will be depleted of essential vitamins and minerals and have difficulty bouncing back. If the lawn has been neglected since early fall, it is more likely to show up patchy in the spring.
How Winter Lawn Treatment Helps Spring Grass Grow
Property owners applying fertilizer give hungry grassroots something to feed on in early winter. A high concentration of nutrients cultivates robust root systems deep into the soil. Then the nitrogen, potassium, and other components are built up in the ground through the dormant period. This build-up gives the grass more than it needs, so it can bounce back quickly once the mild spring temperatures arrive.
When In Doubt, Trust the Professionals
Applying fertilizer can be a complex process, so we recommend trusting an expert if you want to ensure the lawn treatment is done correctly. If fertilizer is applied wrong, it can cause harm rather than good. If you want to make sure that a proper winter lawn fertilization gets done or want to know how to prepare for spring landscaping, you can contact the professionals at Scientific Plant Service. We can assess your lawn and determine an individualized lawn treatment plan for your goals.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.