thick green grassThis year has been the best year for my lawn. It is still a bit early, but I wanted to share some of the things I did this spring to insure a nice, thick lawn.

March Lawn Activity

  • Laid sod down on former garden area 20′ x 20′
  • Mowed entire lawn on March 16, 2013
  • Applied pre-emergent on March 23, 2013

April Lawn Activity

  • Applied Premium Blue Grass Seed to the entire lawn
  • Kept sod soaked

May Lawn Activity

  • Hand-sprayed dandelions, mostly in areas surrounding cement
  • Water twice a week – longer times 20 – 30 minutes in each area of the lawn
  • May 25, 2013 – – Apply fertilizer to the lawn to help green it up.

Here is what I learned this spring. 

  • Make sure a pre-emergent is applied. It does not have to be quite this early, but it should be applied after the first time the lawn is mowed to help establish root systems. 
  • Use a premium seed. I haved tried to save money in the past by buying off brands for cheaper prices. You get what you pay for. If you buy premium seed and water it in, you do not need to aerate or removing thatch from your lawn. For me, I will continue to buy the premium seed and not worry about aerating or removing thatch. When seeding, make sure you get the seed in those areas where grass is thin. Along the house, fense and driveway are places to really focus on with respect to applying seed. 
  • Cooler temperatures can save you money when watering your lawn. The only area I watered in March was the sodded area in my back yard. 
  • Battle those dandelions head-on and stay on top of battling them.

Going forward – If you are still having issues with your lawn, here are my recommendations.

Mow and apply some premium grass seed. You have three weeks left because we had a late spring this year.
Make sure to water it in really good. Water only two to three times a week for much longer time sessions. It really helps establish root growth.

Make sure to plan a time in June to apply anti- grub product. Grubs can really take a nice yard down in a hurry. Stay with your lawn and focus on a few items and don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing.