The Carolinas had a fairly mild winter this year, but we did see our share of colder temperatures. Now that the weather has begun to stay warm, it’s time to focus on proper lawn care. HOAs contract with professional landscapers to care for common areas, but homeowners are responsible for their own lawns and ensuring they are well maintained.

The area has likely seen its last significant frost risk, so grass (and weeds) are starting to liven up again. Here are some steps you can take to better care for your yard this spring:

Know your grass type(s). Is your yard mostly cool-season fescue or warm-season Zoysia or Bermuda? Knowing what type of grass you have is important when it comes to seeding and fertilizing. Pay attention when buying lawn care products so that you’re getting products appropriate for the type of grass you have.

Give it a good raking. Wet weather, frost, and storms can take a toll on your yard. Go over everything with a rake to remove thatching and any loose debris. Pick up branches and clear away any remaining fall leaves.

Sharpen mower blades. After repeated use, your mower blades can become dull. Make sure they are nice and sharp for a clean, healthy cut. As a rule of thumb, only cut one-third of grass length with each time you mow. Changing directions with each mowing can also support healthier grass.

Avoid wet grass. Cutting grass when wet can lead to clumping, and continuous walking or pressure on the lawn can leave it matted and cause damage. Wait until grass and soil are mostly dry before getting down to work. If there is clumping, pick up grass clippings so it doesn’t cause dead spots as it dries.

Fertilize and seed. If you have warm-season grass, late spring is an ideal time for spreading new grass seed or fertilizer. Remember not to seed and use a weed controller at the same time, as the weed controller can inhibit new grass from growing. Also test the soil pH levels – if the soil is acidic, spring is a good time to put down lime.

Tackle pest control. During the spring is when you’ll see grubs start to come to the surface. Treat for grubs now before they have the opportunity to destroy your lawn and hatch new grubs.

Being proactive about lawn care can help keep your yard looking great all year round. Together the HOA and homeowners can ensure that the community is well maintained and attractive to all. If you notice concerns in your neighborhood regarding upkeep, please let your HOA or property manager know.

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