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Northern Lawns Tips for March

March 9, 2018

A good sign that spring weather is around the corner is when those of you in the northern states start to ask: “What do I put on my lawn this spring to improve it?”

First thing is to pick up fallen tree limbs and rake any lawn areas that have a fungus called snow mold. These patches will be white or tan and will have grass blades stuck together in a mat. When you use a leaf rake on these patches, you help to expose the grass plants underneath the matted grass blades to sunlight and air so they can grow. You can also rake any matted tree leaves so your grass will fill in thin areas faster.

 

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This is snow mold. A light raking with a leaf rake will break up matted grass so sunlight and air can reach new grass shoots

 

Mow your lawn as soon as you start seeing the first sign of green growth. Some folks like to drop their mower height down a notch for the first mowing to remove the brown, dormant grass blades. Just remember to raise it back up so your grass height after you cut is around 2-1/2 to 3 inches.

The next step is to figure out what to feed your lawn. You make your choice based on whether you had annual weeds, like crabgrass or foxtail, last summer. If you had these weeds, go with Turf Builder Halts Crabgrass Preventer with Lawn Food to do two jobs at one time: feeding and preventing new weeds from seed.  Be sure to water your lawn after you spread this product.   If you are already seeing dandelions in your lawn then you can do three jobs at one time with New Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action:  feeding, preventing new weeds from seed and killing existing weeds like dandelion and clover.  Apply this product to moist foliage when rain is not expected for 24 hours, then water your lawn one day after you spread this product. The alternative for those lawns with no annual weeds last summer is to feed with Turf Builder Lawn Food or Scotts Natural Lawn Food.

If your lawn has bare spots, spread Scotts EZ Seed. Remember to NOT spread Turf Builder Halts in areas you plan on seeding. If you have large areas to seed and you need to prevent crabgrass, you should use Scotts Turf Builder Starter Lawn Food for New Grass Plus Weed Preventer to stop crabgrass without stopping your new grass seed from growing.

This first feeding will help your lawn recover and fill in after winter. Your lawn will now be all set until you do your next feeding in about 6 weeks.

For answers to your lawn questions, my friends at the Scotts Help Center can help or leave me your question in the comments below.

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