Lawn Care Checklist

If you’re new to taking care of your own lawn, or maybe you are just trying to be better at taking care of your lawn, it can feel like a pretty big task. You may not be sure where to start, and you may not even be sure what to do. That’s one of the reasons we have created this lawn blog. We want to be a resource for those of you in central Minnesota who are trying to take care of your lawn. We know that it isn’t easy to make a lawn look great and that many times the DIY method can be more expensive than hiring a professional lawn care company. To help you take care of your lawn we have developed the lawn care checklist. Use this checklist as a guide to a greener lawn.

The Lawn Care Checklist

Early Spring

Spring

Late Spring

  • Fertilize your lawn with slow release fertilizer. This creates a healthy lawn and root system
  • Apply broadleaf weed control to any existing weeds
  • Apply preventative grub control if needed
  • Monitor insect levels
  • Mow as needed (don’t mow on a set day, only mow when your lawn needs it)
  • Water when needed (water for long periods of time on an infrequent basis to create a deep root system)

Summer

  • Continue to fertilize your lawn with slow release fertilizer. This creates a healthy lawn and root system
  • Apply broadleaf weed control to any existing weeds
  • Monitor for grub activity and other insect damage (chinch buds and sod webworms)
  • Apply insecticide if needed
  • Water as needed (remember, long periods of time on an infrequent basis to create deep root systems)
    • 1 inch of water a week is best for your lawn

Late Summer

  • Continue to fertilize your lawn with slow release fertilizer. This creates a healthy lawn and root system
  • If you have grubs apply curative grub control
  • Continue to monitor for grub activity and other insect damage (chinch buds and sod webworms)
  • Apply insecticide if needed
  • Water as needed (remember, long periods of time on an infrequent basis to create deep root systems)
    • 1 inch of water a week is best for your lawn

Fall

  • Use a winterizer blend of fertilizer to prepare your lawn for dormancy
  • Apply broadleaf weed control if it is needed
  • If you have grubs apply curative grub control
  • Insect levels should fall as the weather gets colder
  • Aerate your lawn and overseed your lawn with more tolerant varieties of grass seed to keep your lawn healthy
  • Mulch leaves into the grass for the organic material.
    • Mulch frequently, even if your lawn doesn’t need mowing so leaves don’t get thick
    • Don’t wait until the end of fall to mulch all at once. This will create a thick layer that prevents sunlight from getting through
  • Water your lawn
    • Water as late into fall as possible. This will make sure that your lawn has enough water to survive during dormancy

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