Best Lawn on the Block

Want to know the secret to having a beautiful lawn?  Here are a few simple tips!

  • Aerate your lawn every year.  This can be done in either the fall or spring.  Heavily compacted lawns may need to be aerated twice per year.
  • Mow tall.  Northern cool season grasses like to be mowed at 3-4 inches.
  • Mulch your clippings.  This helps to recycle nutrients.  If you mulch your clippings for the whole season, that is the equivalent to applying almost two pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet!  Mulching clippings DOES NOT cause thatch!
  • If your yard is full of weeds, make a blanket application of weed killer using a hose end or hand pump sprayer.  Once the weeds are under control, it is best to use spot treatments and limit herbicide use.  Having a thick, tall, healthy lawn will help to crowd out weeds.
  • If you have grub issues, apply a grub treatment such as Grub-Ex.  Your local extension office should be able to assist you with application timing.
  • Apply a pre emergent herbicide in the spring to prevent crabgrass and other weeds.  Usually the time to apply is when the forsythia are blooming.
  • Apply four applications of Milorganite fertlizer.  For cool season grasses, it is recommended to apply 36 LB per 2,500 square feet around Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.
  • If you want to give your lawn an extra boost, or if it is in especially rough shape, add a spring application of Ringer Lawn Restore fertilizer to your schedule in addition to the Milorganite.

By using these tips, your lawn will be looking great before you know it!


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