It’s almost time to start lawn maintenance tasks for cool season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue. (Maintenance is different for warm season grasses such as Zoysiagrass, bermudagrass and buffalograss.)
- Scout and treat for broadleaf weeds. If using an herbicide, ensure the temperature is above 50 degrees F and rain is not in the forecast for at least 24 hours.
- Send soil in for analysis. This will inform fertilizer practices in the coming months. Contact your local extension office for information on how to test your soil. https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/about/statewide-locations/
Many of our lawn-related questions this time of year are about crabgrass treatment. As a general rule, watch for the redbud trees to bloom. When they reach full bloom (usually April) it’s time to apply the crabgrass preventer. We will discuss this more in an upcoming newsletter as the time approaches. (K-State Turf and Landscape Blog)