Start Fertilizing Your Lawn

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Although our lawns may have suffered a little setback from April frost, if they aren’t already completely greened up and growing vigorously, they will be at sometime this month. The frost we experienced the first weekend in April did do some damage to those lawns in areas where there was frost on the ground. It was early enough in the green up that most lawns will have had enough stores in the root system and stems to continue greening up and getting ready for the beautiful spring and summer weather.

These fast-growing lawns need fertilizer and May is the recommended month to begin fertilizing our warm season lawns. This spring has been a little cooler than normal so maybe wait until the weather warms up just a little more before fertilizing. The lawn should be growing well before the fertilizer is added.

I’ve heard lots of lawn mowers in the neighborhood the last couple of weeks, which is a good sign that the grass is growing. I’ve also taken a close look at some of the lawns as I’ve walked by different places and have noticed a lot of them that have leaf blades that are shredded on the ends and not cut. If you haven’t done so already sharpen the lawn mower blade so it precisely cuts the grass. A clean cut heals quickly, allowing the lawn to get back to growing and filling in any gaps that were made over the winter.