What to do to your lawn in the spring

What to do to your lawn in the spring

What to do to your lawn in the spring

What to do to your lawn in the spring

What to do to your lawn in the spring

We can be too quick to start lawn care in the spring. The grass is still under stress from the changing weather. See the summary below for some helpful steps to take for Minnesota lawn care.

It is important to schedule your lawn care maintenance during times that match the life cycle of the turfgrass.

· Do not add fertilizer too early in the spring. This may encourage the grass to grow during a time when it should be slow or dormant.

· Do not spray to control weeds when temperatures are warm. This increases the likelihood of damaging the lawn.

· Do not fertilize in hot mid-summer months. This can cause irreversible damage to your lawn.

· Crabgrass does not develop until late spring or early summer, so do not apply herbicide used to prevent pre-emerging crabgrass in the fall.

Best times for Minnesota lawn care

· Mowing – Last week of April through early November.

· Crabgrass control – Do pre-emergence mid-April to mid-May.

· Sodding – Early May through June, also mid-August to late October.

· Watering – From May through October.

· Seeding – Early August to late September.

· Fertilizing – Early August through mid-October.

· Aerating – From mid-August through mid-October.

· Dethatching – From mid-August through September.

· Broadleaf weed control – From September through October.

Those reflect the absolute best times per the University of Minnesota agricultural department. Other times may be acceptable but will not be as effective. It is always important to realize when your lawn is under stress. The spring when it is recovering from the harsh winter and the hot summer months when your lawn is just trying to survive. Consult a lawn specialist for times other than those mentioned for Minnesota lawn care.

Please reach out to me if you need any other referrals at 612-386-8600.

Jeff Anderson The Anderson Team RE/MAX Results


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