Without fail, early every spring, we get barraged with a flurry of calls from concerned homeowners who want to know when their ugly brown lawn is going to go back to normal and start looking green again.
Even though we're a professional lawn care company, the answer isn't simply brown or green. The answer to that question is... it depends.
It Depends on the Weather
Healthy, consistent lawn growth won't begin until the temperature averages 60 or better overnight. Especially after a colder-than-average winter, the soil is simply too cold to support normal growth. (Tip: Pay attention to the Water temperatures, those usually mirror soil temperatures pretty closely.)
Longer days and rising temperatures will work their magic quickly once the spring becomes consistent.
It Depends on the Type of Grass
Centipede grass will be one of the first to turn green. It's a hearty variety that weathers the winter well.
But, with its naturally light color, if our early spring maintains some very cool nights for a while – which is certainly a possibility this year – it may suffer some temporary yellowing in the first few weeks. Don't panic. This will work itself out as the temperature rises.
Be sure not to treat centipede grass with nitrogen-heavy fertilizers hoping to make it turn a darker green. This can make the grass more susceptible to the cold weather, causing more severe damage to occur.
St. Augustine will take a little bit longer to green in the spring, but the end result is a much deeper, fuller green turf. Other grass types will require their own unique care. Feel free to contact us if you're not sure what type of grass you have or how to properly care for it.
It Depends on You
As is usually the case when we help Mother Nature do her job, patience is required on our part.
If you begin mowing, watering, and fertilizing too early, doing them too much, or at the wrong times, will do more more harm than good. And in some cases, the damage may be difficult to repair.
Instead, be patient.
Contact us if you need some direction on when to start fertilizing or how much water your lawn needs. We're happy to help, or to do the job for you!