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Spring Lawn Care - What To Do FIRST?

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so your snow is gone or maybe it's

almost gone and you're itching to get

out into your yard but what sort of

tasks should we be doing what kind of

things can we do early in the spring

I'll tell you a little bit more about

that today

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so the first thing I want you to do is

just walk around your yard kind of

assess the things that are going on

right now and take notes of any problems

that you might have and yes the

neighbors might be wondering why is this

guy wandering around looking at his yard

but don't worry in a few months when

they see what your yard looks like

they'll understand why you're doing the

things that you're doing so don't worry

about that this is essentially the first

thing that I do every year

and it's how I found out that I had some

vole damage going on it's also how I

found out about some snow mold and in

that last video I kind of showed what

was going on in my yard if you want to

see kind of the issues that I had coming

out of the winter season so a few of you

asked what I'm gonna be doing about this

vole damage that happened here and I

want to show you some close-ups here

after I rake that out kind of what it

looks like you can tell that they ate a

lot of the root system there but there's

still plenty left here so I think it's

gonna fill in pretty easily on its own

especially if we get some fertilizer in

there here as spring wakes up a little

bit more you can see here that there's

still a lot of growth happening into

this area here and so this is gonna fill

itself back in pretty easily once spring

gets rolling if you have large large

areas where this was all taken out and

you're not seeing anything left in here

then maybe I'd be a little bit worried

about it but for here I'm not too

worried about it it's gonna fill in

pretty easily on its own you can see a

couple areas here where the snow mold

looks like it did a little bit more

damage than I thought it did but I'm

also seeing some green still down in

there so I think it's going to recover

but did a little bit more damage in just

a couple of those little spots the rest

of it looks like kind of just tissue

damage on the stuff that's going to be

cut off once it starts growing out so

not to worry about that stuff

next thing that I like to do is actually

get a reading of what the current soil

temps are so you can do this with a

cheap thermometer I'll link to something

in the description that I use or you can

use any sort of cheap grill thermometer

or something like that this gives us an

idea kind of how far we are along into

when growth might happen and gives us

our window here to make sure that if we

want to use a pre-emergent we can get

that down before or soil temps get up to

about 55

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so looks there like a couple inches into

the ground we're sitting at about 40

degrees somewhere around there it's

about at the four inch mark down into

the ground then we're sitting at about

37 so it's gone up maybe about a degree

the last day or so but I think with

temperatures coming close to 60 and Sun

coming later this week we should start

to move things along a little bit more

quickly I have a whole video from last

year on pre-emergents and kind of some

more details about that so the short

thing is that if you had crabgrass in

your yard or you want to prevent

crabgrass and a few other weeds that can

kind of take over your yard and a

pre-emergent is important to put down

before soil temps get to about 55

there's a liquid version there's

granular versions check out that video

for more info on that and some links in

the description as well if you want to

check out some products

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before you've put down any fertilizer

for the year I highly recommend you get

a soil test soil test is gonna give us a

picture of what's going on in your soil

what kind of nutrients it might need

this season and going forward it's also

going to give us the pH of your soil and

turf grass has an optimal range for your

pH so because of this you might need to

do some amendments to try to work on

that pH and that's just going to help

your grass grow long term and you'll

have a better yard because of it so soil

testing I think is super important and

it's something that I highly recommend

there's a test kit that I use last year

that's pretty easy for homeowners to use

so you can use something like that this

year I wanted to dive a little bit

deeper into the soil testing so I'm

gonna go with a lab that can give me a

little bit more information I'll have a

link to that in the description and I'm

going to be making a video very soon on

the process of doing that and how to

send it to that lab there's many options

for soil testing you can usually find

local universities that will do it for

you as well so just do a little

searching there the next thing I do is

pay attention to where some of the

heaviest snow was I go check those areas

to see if I need to rake any of that out

sometimes the grass would get very

matted down from snow and those are

areas that I like to just kind of fluff

up with a rake

you could also probably use a leaf

blower if you had it or if you had some

delicate grass that you were worried

about a leaf blower would work as well

also I mentioned this in my last video

but our areas by the streets here from

the winter they get a lot of sand and

debris that's thrown up on to those

areas so you can go ahead and rake that

out as best as you can use a leaf blower

there as well if you would like and that

seems to work fairly well for me this is

going to get a little bit of air

circulating down into the grass and kind

of help things to wake up just a little

bit

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common question then as well as when can

I start mowing when can I put down

fertilizer my general rule and just kind

of my opinion is I try not to do mowing

when I'm still seeing forecast down in

the 20s or somewhere around the freeze

mark there where I know that I'm gonna

get some hard freezes happening yet

there's a possibility there that of

course when you're mowing and you're

kind of waking up the grass thereby

cutting it you could get a hard freeze

again and do a little bit of damage so I

know you want to get out there and get

mowing I'm exactly the same but you may

just want to hold off if you're still

getting lows down into the 20s just a

little bit longer

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so I have there pretty much the same

general thoughts on fertilizer I don't

like to put down too much fertilizer in

the early early spring because the grass

needs to kind of wake itself up anyway

and then cool season lawns like we have

in the northern part of the country the

grass is going to wake itself up and

once it does in the spring it's gonna

want to take off anyway and it's going

to grow like crazy so you need to be

prepared for that you need to be

consistently mowing so adding a ton of

nitrogen here at the beginning is really

not going to help us if you didn't do

anything at all in the fall season

you're just kind of getting into this

then again one I would take a soil test

before you add fertilizer but - as

things start to wake up here you could

use a balanced fertilizer something with

a low nitrogen to just kind of give it

an initial boost and then let it take

off a little bit by itself so something

like a 10 10 10 but again soil testing

will give you what you need and you can

kind of plan accordingly without just

adding in fertilizer that you don't

really need so thinking you had now and

planning ahead again be thinking about

your pre-emergence if you want to put

those down right now we have enough time

here in the northern part of the country

to still get prepared for that get our

product in hand and kind of come up with

a plan there to make sure that that

happens if you want to get your

pre-emergent down check out that video

here about soil testing and about

pre-emergence I'll have so much more

coming very soon and thanks so much for

watching

we'll see you next time

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