» To control crabgrass, apply a preemergent crabgrass herbicide during late April.
» Avoid fertilizing your lawn until the later part of May. If you begin to fertilize too soon, you are feeding the broadleaf weeds that are waiting to sprout.
» Avoid the urge to roll your lawn. Many people think rolling the lawn is necessary in spring; however, the soil is far too moist and rolling now will only further compact. Allow spring rains to smooth out any lumps and resist the urge to roll until soil is sufficiently dried.
» The middle part of May is a good time to establish a new lawn. Be aware that heavy spring rains and potentially hot weather can make this a challenge.
» Begin to change mowing direction each time you mow to help reduce soil compaction and wheel damage.
» Fertilize lawns in late May, if desired. Fall is the best time to fertilize.
» Get in the habit of using separate weed control and fertilizer applications. Although this may not be the most convenient for you, as the gardener, it benefits your lawn. Combined “weed and feed” products may seem convenient and great time savers but are not best for your lawn and the environment.
» Learn to identify common weeds and be prepared to spot treat during the season.
» Mow grass high during spring and summer (3 inches). This is the best form of weed control. Mowing high also protects the lawn from excessive summer heat and drought later in the season.
» Water grasses one inch per week, including any natural rainfall. Water deeply. Watering deeply and less often promotes deeper roots that will help your lawn become more drought tolerant later in the season.
» Summer fertilizing tends to benefit weeds more than lawn grasses, so do so only sparingly.
» Spot treat weeds as needed.
» Inspect your lawn and grass throughout the season for signs of damage. Learn to identify common turf problems and how to treat each one individually.
» Continue to mow grass high (3 inches). This helps prevent weed growth and helps make your lawn more drought tolerant.
» Water grasses one inch per week, including any natural rainfall. Water deeply. Most experts agree that early morning is the best time to water.
» If your lawn goes dormant, don’t panic. Lawn grasses naturally go dormant in excessive heat and drought. Once temperatures begin to cool, or precipitation is available, your lawn will bounce back.
» The best time to mow lawn grasses is during the cool of morning or evening.
» Spot treat weeds as needed.
» Keep a journal to record natural events that may affect your lawn and garden. Also record dates that you perform any lawn maintenance.
» Continue to mow grass high (3 inches).
» Water grasses one inch per week, including any natural rainfall. Water deeply.
» Late in the month, begin to prep for fall maintenance. Middle to late August is a good time to aerate your lawn, if desired.
» Late summer through early fall is a great time to reseed lawns or begin a fresh lawn.
— Robert Zimmer:920-993-1000, ext. 7154, email@example.com