5. Treat Any Lawn Disease and Fertilize
It is important to begin addressing issues in your lawn after the winter right away. Snow mold, a fungus that impacts grass in our area due to the excessive moisture of snow sitting directly on your turf, can be a big issue in Northern Michigan. Snow mold usually pops up in yards that were not mowed a final time or where leaves were not cleaned up. If you did both of these things and are still seeing snow mold, it may be time to talk with a professional about putting down a preventative fungicide before the snow begins to pile up.
To repair an issue like snow mold, simply rake gently over your grass to allow the moisture to dry out. If needed your lawn may need some grass seed, but be sure to hold off on any fungicide treatments or fertilizer in that area until grass has had a chance to rebound.
If your turf shows signs of vole or mouse damage, rake over the areas of dead grass and remove from your lawn. If the paths are deep, try adding topsoil and fertilizing your lawn. This may help the lawn recover and repair itself. If not, you may need to seed these areas after temperatures warm up.
It is important to fertilize your turf in the spring as well. Timing can be tricky, just as it is in the fall, but be sure to not fertilize too early when the ground is still frozen. Our best trick is to use the cues of nature. Your first application should be put down around the time the forsythia begin to bloom. These bright yellow flowers are popular and easy to notice in Northern Michigan and are a great reminder for homeowners to attend to their turf.
Finally, if your grass frequently deals with crabgrass, applying a preventative is essential in the spring. The treatment has to go own before seeds germinate in order for it to be effective. This may be an additional application even before your first fertilization depending on the weather conditions.