grass seed, use mixtures rather than pure seedings of
one cultivar. Mixtures of turf
grass adjust better to a constantly changing environment. Mixtures increase hardiness.
Lawns need light. Some seed varieties do better than others in
shade, but none do well. Attempts to
grow lawns in shady areas usually fail because of the effects of combined low
light, root competition from woody plants and poor air movement that increase
disease within the turf.
Apply weed and feed in mid spring
when weeds begin to appear and temperatures are moderate. Apply weed and feed onto a dampened lawn (early
morning dew is best), when rain is not predicted for the next 24-48 hours.
Consider fall fertilization a
must. The fall is the time when turf
grasses store reserves for winter. Mid
fall fertilization is the most important application of the year.
Lawn should be watered adequately
or left unwatered so that adjustments to drought and
dormancy will be made in a natural way.
More harm than good often results for light sprinkling of lawns during
Limit traffic on newly planted
lawns. Resist the urge to mow new lawns
until the new grass is at least 2 high.