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Groundwork™ 4-Step Lawn Care

White house in the country with healthy lawn and garden.

Follow these 4 easy steps to care for your lawn throughout the year.

  • Crabgrass Preventer (Apply Early Spring): Groundwork™ Crabgrass Preventer with Barricade® fertilizes lawn and prevents crabgrass.
  • Weed & Feed (Apply Late Spring): Groundwork™ Weed & Feed with Trimec® fertilizes lawn and controls broadleaf weeds.
  • Lawn Food (Apply Summer): Groundwork™ Lawn Food provides slow-release feeding for summer color.
  • Fall Fertilizer (Apply Fall): Groundwork™ Fall Fertilizer helps promote root growth during the fall and winter months.

Mowing Tips

When to mow – Believe it or not, once-a-week mowing can do much harm to turf grass. Rather, mow according to rainfall and temperatures. The more rainfall and warm temperatures you have, the more you should mow. Between early spring and mid-June, mow your lawn when it reaches a height of 2-1/2 inches. From mid-June through August, 3 inches is recommended. After the first of September, reduce the height by ½ inch every two weeks until you are mowing at 1-1/2 inches as winter approaches.

Watering Tips

On established lawns, water at mid-morning, one inch per week during the height of the growing season. If your lawn is healthy, allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Watering too heavily may encourage disease while light, frequent, waterings often result in shallow roots and weak turf. For newly established or unhealthy lawns, more frequent watering becomes necessary. Turf aerification will greatly enhance the efficient use of water.

Fertilizing Tips

Adequate fertilization is essential in helping your lawn reach its full potential. Fertilizer will encourage new growth, generating a much lusher, thicker lawn. It counteracts wear, helps prevent weeds and keeps your lawn looking its best. An important tip to remember is that if grass is going to thicken it needs to so before mid-July. Fertilization in early spring will cause rapid proliferation, leading to thick, lush turf. Apply the first application at about the time you first mow your lawn. The total amount of plant food you use throughout the growing season should be based on soil type and turf condition. A good rule of thumb is to apply 3-4 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year.

Weed Control Tips

Stopping weeds before they become a problem will greatly reduce infestation. Weeds seldom plague a healthy lawn but will invade lawns when good maintenance practices are not followed. Proper fertilizing, mowing and watering are your best defense against weed growth. In addition, apply a weed & feed type plant food or an approved weed killer to your lawn in early spring or fall.

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