It can be difficult for your lawn to successfully green up after a long, cold winter here in South Dakota. However, there are a few things that you can do in the spring to help your lawn successfully emerge from winter dormancy. Aerating your lawn in the spring allows for better absorption of water and nutrients. Fertilizing your lawn in the spring will provide it with the nutrients that it needs to grow strong and lush. Applying weed control in the spring prevents your grass from having to compete with weeds for nutrients. Adopting proper watering habits in the spring can also help your grass green up quicker following winter.

Spring aeration promotes better absorption and airflow.

Aerated lawn after service in Sloan, IA.

Core aeration is the process of removing small plugs of soil from your entire lawn. This process loosens up your soil that may have become compacted due to heavy foot traffic or rainfall. It also promotes better airflow within your lawn as well as the proper absorption of water and nutrients. Because aeration allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate your soil, these things become more readily accessible to the roots of your grass. By aerating your lawn in the spring, you are giving your turf better access to things that are crucial for healthy growth.

Fertilizing in the spring allows your grass to store up vital nutrients.

Fertilization is the best way to replenish vital nutrients (like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) in your lawn. As your lawn emerges from winter dormancy, it will require nutrients to emerge successfully and start growing again. By scheduling a fertilization service in the spring, you will be giving your grass all of the nutrients that it needs to grow healthy and green.

Springtime weed control will keep your grass from competing for nutrients.

Besides being an annoying eyesore, weeds also steal water, sunlight, and vital nutrients away from your grass. If you have a lot of weeds on your lawn in the spring, they could be stealing those nutrients from your grass. Rather than letting your weeds steal these crucial things from your grass, you can apply weed control in the spring. Once your grass is not competing with weeds for vital nutrients, it can use those nutrients to become stronger and healthier.

Proper springtime watering habits will strengthen your grass.

Hand watering a lawn in Moville, IA.

Properly watering your lawn may seem like an obvious way to keep your grass healthy, but many property owners don't follow the correct watering strategies. Because cool-season grasses are the most common grass type found in South Dakota, it is important that you adopt watering practices designed specifically for cool-season grasses.

It is best that you water your lawn in the morning because temperatures are cooler and the wind tends to be calmer; this ensures that the water will be able to soak into your soil and be absorbed by the roots of your grass before it has a chance to evaporate. If you water your lawn later in the day, even during the spring, it could be too warm outside and the water may evaporate quicker than your lawn can absorb it. Adopting proper watering habits in the spring allows you to keep your grass hydrated and sets the stage for a healthy lawn.

It is recommended that you water your lawn before 10 AM for the best results.

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Our team at Sharp Lawn Care offers core aeration, fertilization, weed control, and other beneficial lawn care treatments that can help your lawn emerge from winter dormancy. We are so sure that you will be pleased with our work that we back all of our services with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you're in Sioux Falls, Tea, Harrisburg, Brandon, or nearby cities in South Dakota, call us at (605) 251-6880, and if you're in the Sioux City, IA area, call (712) 253-8024 to schedule our comprehensive lawn care services.