Three Spring Lawn Care Tips for a Healthy Lawn
- Rake your lawn to protect from snow mold – Snow mold is a fungal disease that usually appears in early spring after a particularly snowy winter. One of the most important things you can do to prevent snow mold from occurring is to rake your lawn as soon as the snow finally melts. Although snow mold is likely to go away on its own, there is always a chance that patches of your lawn could die and seeding or sodding would be necessary.
- Vole Damage – Voles are small brown to gray rodents that resemble Field Mice. They are active year round and do not hibernate. Voles dig underground burrows and feed on vegetation, damaging your landscape including trees, turf, bushes and shrubs.
They tend to prefer the bark of young trees, but will attack any tree depending on food sources available. Voles tend to look for food closer to their dens and will continue to dig burrows even through the snow. Methods to help prevent vole damage include habitat management, repellents, trapping and grain baits. More information about Voles can be found through Colorado State University Extension.
- Give oxygen to your lawn with aeration – A spring aeration is the easiest and single most important element to maintaining a healthy, beautiful lawn. During the spring, aeration promotes healthy root growth by loosening the soil to provide more oxygen to the roots. It also ensures that your lawn will get maximum water and fertilization absorption.