Let's face it, this is the time of the year we are green with envy. If our neighbor's lawn is already green this means he or she must be doing something right or we must be doing something wrong. Consider the following lawn care tips related to spring green-up:
- 1.Spring green up has much more to do with both the type and variety of grass. Centipede lawns typically green up first, followed by Zoysia and Bermuda lawns. Two Bermuda or two Zoysia lawns side by side may green up weeks apart due to the numerous varieties of those grasses.
- 2.In addition to grass types and varieties, soil temperature is a major factor in determining when your grass begins to experience rapid growth. For example, the optimum soil, not air, temperature for rapid Bermuda growth begins around 65 degrees.
- 3.Early fertilization can be problematic. By attempting to encourage your grass to green up more quickly, you may be doing more harm than good. Tender young grass is very susceptible to damage from a late frost.
- 4.By waiting until your grass can fully utilize fertilizer you reduce the risk of runoff into streams and ponds. A good rule of thumb in Mississippi is either Tax Day(April 15th) or once your lawn has been mowed a couple of times for the season.
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