Spring is formally here, the temperatures are getting hotter, the sky is getting sunnier, and hopefully, your Plano lawn is getting greener! Before you know it, you will find yourself in the total lawn-care swing of things. Here are some suggestions to get your lawn off to a healthy start.

There are two important factors to consider when it comes to mowing lawns: height and frequency. An ideal height for most lawns is 2-1/2 to 3 inches. If it’s shorter, you will lessen heat tolerance; if it’s longer, it will promote diseases and weeds. Mow often enough so that you don’t remove more than one-third of the length of the blades in one mowing.

Fertilizer treatment depends upon what kind of grass you have. If you fertilized late last fall, you can hold off fertilizing again until May or June. Warm-season turfs (buffalograss, bermudagrass) do not need to be fertilized until early summer.

In spring to early summer, a typical lawn will need 3/4 to 1 inch of water (rain and irrigation) weekly. You should take environmental aspects into thought when scheduling watering. If the weather has been particularly hot and dry, you may need to provide more watering than if it has been cool. Yards that are shaded will need reduced water than lawns in the sun. If your yard has a slope, the lower parts will collect more water, and will need less irrigation than the higher parts.

The type of grass you have also will affect irrigation needs. Generally, if footprints on your lawn last more than an hour or so, this is a sure sign that you need to water. The most ideal time to water is between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Compacted soil is the primary cause of many grass weed troubles. Core aeration can help to encourage lawn growth and discourage typical lawn weeds that thrive in packed ground. Practicing deep, infrequent irrigation will not allow shallow-rooted lawn weeds to survive. If your lawn is flourishing, restrict fertilizer; this also will reduce the growth of weeds. You could leave the length of your lawn on the high side, which will create shade that can discourage weed growth. Weeds also will be discouraged if you maintain a regular mowing schedule.

Remember, a 100-percent weed-free lawn might not be practical, or environmentally sound. Focus on growing a healthy lawn, and spot-treat weeds with herbicide if absolutely necessary. By the time you are reading this, it will be a little late for pre-emergent weedkillers. Search for a post-emergent product that is specific to the weed you are aiming to control. Keep the bees in mind, and avoid treating weeds while they are in bloom.

For more information on your particular landscape needs, contact Empire Landscaping today at 214-228-0904 or visit us online at EmpireLandscaping.Org.