by Betsy deVenny | April 24, 2019
North Texas Homeowner’s Guide for Spring Lawn Care
By Meredith Hale
Whoever said the grass is always greener on the other side of the hill clearly did not live in North Texas. This is the home of giant, manicured lawns and green neighborhoods throughout the long and hot growing season. Your lawn can be the greener one on the other side of the fence, but it won’t get that way without work and preparation. Here’s the North Texas homeowner’s guide for spring lawn care.
Ignore the weed and feed ads. The lawn experts say you should have treated your North Texas lawnwith pre-emergent weed killer in March. It’s not too late to kill the weeds, but you should use an herbicide a few weeks before you fertilize. Now that the temperatures are rising, your grass is growing fast and it’s time to feed the lawn. Giving your lawn the nutrients it needs twice a year, by fertilizing in early spring and early fall, allows the healthy growth of your grass.
This early in the season, you can cut your grass a little shorter, but don’t scalp the lawn. Be careful to never cut off more than one-third of the lawn. If you cut your grass too short, it makes the grass more susceptible to diseases and pests.
North Texas has unpredictable weather, so keep an eye on the forecast and let it adjust your hot season mowing schedule. A whopping 81 percent of Dallas lawns are mowed at least every other week during the growing season — but the cooler it is, the less you need to mow.
It’s also important that you mow with an extremely sharp blade. A dull blade will tear the grass up instead of cutting it cleanly.
If you’d prefer to not mow the lawn, hiring a professional is quite affordable in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. According to data from LawnStarter, the average price here in Frisco is only $33 per service.
OK, we get it. What works in May in North Texas, when the average high temperature is 85 degrees, probably won’t work in August, when the average high soars to 97. But you can start preparing your lawn for the heat now, by making sure it gets sufficient water. How much water it needs will depend on your soil, your shade, and your grass type, but the general idea is to water occasionally, but deeply, to encourage a long and healthy root system. Whether you drag the hose out in the morning or have an automatic sprinkler system, now’s the time to figure out a watering schedule. The healthier your grass is now, the better it will withstand those triple-digit days we all know are coming.
North Texas days are mostly sunny, and that’s a bonus when it comes to your lawn. That sunshine will help your grass grow well as we head into summer. This North Texas homeowner’s guide for spring lawn care will help you get started, so you can spend your summer enjoying your gorgeous lawn and not trying to fix it. Doing the work now will pay off!
Meredith Hale is a gardening and landscape writer and design addict. She has coordinated the design on many house-flipping projects and admits that her favorite part is creating inspired outdoor spaces
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