Parks in and around Atlanta are getting more visitors, and athletic fields are seeing more activity. Regular grounds maintenance as the weather warms up in early spring is the best way to prevent problems that could lead to costly renovations later on. Here are some grounds maintenance tips for reinvigorating public lawns and gardens this spring.
Spring is the best time of year for fertilizing, because it replaces the nutrients lost during the dormant winter months and helps grass grow faster. A lush, healthy lawn is the best natural defense against weeds. At Environmental Turf Management, we use a balanced fertilizer, that is evenly distributed to avoid over-fertilization. If the grass of your park or athletic field loses its vitality between late spring and late summer, you may need to repeat the application of spring fertilizer. Do not use spring and summer fertilizers after August. They contain too much nitrogen for fall use, and can encourage growth at the wrong time of year.
Weeds are most problematic in the spring and summer months, so it’s a good idea to put a few preventative measures in place in early spring, when they are more effective. Weeds such as dandelions, clover, buttercups, daisies, and coarse-leaved grasses will compete with lush grass for space. They are able to thrive because they survive regular mowing. Weeds spread quickly, and are especially troublesome in areas where grass is patchy. By promptly identifying and removing these unwanted plants, you can prevent widespread problems.
The secret to attractive grounds is maintaining the correct lawn height. Closely-mowed lawns, while attractive, can be more susceptible to weeds and patchiness. Lawns that are too high are less durable as a surface and can suffer from weak growth. For the first spring mowing, set the cutting height to the highest setting. Then, gradually reduce the cutting height to between 0.25 and 0.50 mm.
Regular grounds maintenance is the key to maintaining a beautiful park or athletic field for your community. While these tips can help, regular, professional services can keep your property in shape for the busy spring and summer seasons. Contact us to learn more about our commercial lawn care services.