It is that time of year when the grass starts coming out of its dormant stage and starts turning green. I saw a few people in the Omaha area who were mowing their grass. Seems early to me. The soil temps may be telling a different story. As you can see from the map, the soil temps are quite warm. The recent warmer temps have helped bring these temps up in areas that have received little snow this winter.
As far as fertilizer application, I would hesitate to put a pre-emergent yet. I like to make an application the first week of April, but again the warmer temps may bring about an earlier than normal spring.
The best place to start is a complete soil test. I recommend the Midwest Labs Lawn & Garden Test. This test will give you a solid record of your soil health. Take cores, no deeper than 6 inches in different areas of your lawn, combine these cores together and place approximately 2 cups of soil into a ziploc bag or soil bag as provided by the Midwest Labs Lawn and Garden Test Kit. Your analysis will provide values for key soil elements along with fertilizer recommendations. You can easily take this information to your nearest nursery and find the product that will best meet the needs of your soil.
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