Spring Lawn Care with the Grumpy Gardener

At the beginning of spring, we start to see lawns around the South turn from the dingy brown of winter into the fresh, bright greens of the season. This transition is absolutely gorgeous, and we want to help you make the most of your spring gardening. Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender is here to get your lawn in tip-top shape, so you can outshine all of your neighbors. Who doesn't want to win the 'Best Lawn' award from the neighborhood HOA? These three easy lawn care tips from our resident garden pro are simple to follow, and they'll make a huge impact on the look of your home. Follow along to ensure that you're all set for garden parties in the outdoor months.

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

Spring is here, and now is a great time to start thinking about the lawn and the things you need to do right now to make it beautiful for the spring, the summer, and all the way through the fall. The first thing is weed prevention. You don't wanna have a lawn that's full of crab grass and dandelions, an embarrassment to yourself in front of your family, your friends, and your neighbors, do you? So an easy way to help out with that Just go to the garden center right now and get some lawn weed preventer. Now you can get a weed preventer that prevents grassy weeds like crab grass or broad leaf weeds like dandelions. But the really smart thing to do is you get a bag that combines both of those. And they have those there at the garden center. Look for a product that controls both grassy and broadleaf weeds, follow the directions, put it down with a lawn spreader over your entire law. Now right after you do that, it's important to water your lawn for about an hour. The reason is is because you wanna wash that product down into the top part of the soil. It'll create a chemical barrier over the soil. And then any weeds seeds that are there...they are gonna die. Watch your weeds. Number two fertilize the lawn. Spring is an essential time for fertilize any lawn keep it going through the spring and the summer, now if you have a warm season grass Like zoysia or Bermuda and it's still brown and hasn't greened up yet, wait to fertilize about two weeks after it greens up. But if you have a full season lawn like bluegrass or fescue, you want to fertilize right now. Go to the garden center. And buy a fertilizer that is labeled for your kind of grass, and put it down according to label directions. No problemo. Number three. In the South, we have a real problem here with fire ants, and now is time to take action. Now during the winter time, you won't see very many fire ant mounds, because they're all living underground and eating all the little bugs that are underground. But once it starts warming up, you'll see mounds start popping up everywhere. Now if you want, you can just treat each individual mound by getting some fire ant control and sprinkling it on each mound. That might make you feel good for the day. But in a couple days you're gonna have more fire ant mounds popping up all over the place. No, I'm not doing that. What I wanna do is get it all done at once. And the way you do that is, go to your garden center again That and get yourself a season long fire ant control, it looks like a bag of fertilizer and you apply it in the same way, you put it in a long spreader, you sprinkle it all over the lawn and that's gonna keep fire ant mounds from appearing at your lawn all season long. So following these tips like I've just given you. And your lawn will be beautiful. Leaf free ant free. And your neighbors will feel envious and totally inadequate.
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