Look at what I found in my yard this morning!!! Now that the sunshine is out and temperatures have returned to normal (in fact, above normal for the weekend), it's time to prepare our lawns for spring.
February is a very important month for lawn care, and we only have 15 days left. Here are my recommendations:
1. De-thatch your entire lawn. This means getting all the old, dead undergrowth out. Mow the lawn very low and rake out any dead grass.
2. Apply pre-emergent and fertilizer. Do not use weed-n-feed, as that can hurt tree roots. Pre-emergent will sterilize your yard against weed germination without hurting existing trees and shrubs. You will have to pull any existing weeds the old-fashioned way.
3. Apply a high nitrogen fertilizer. Look for three numbers on every brand of fertilizer. The FIRST number is the ratio of nitrogen, and you want that number high.
4. Water in a get ready for a beautiful lawn this spring and summer.