Lawn maintenance, such as fertilizing and mowing, needs to be done on a schedule. Early March is the best time to formulate a plan. Haphazard lawn maintenance leads to lawn damage and problems such as fertilizer burn. Before a plan can be developed we should identify your grass species and test the soil.  

Lawn Identification      

It is essential the grass species is identified, as each will have a unique plan tailored to it. Ohio is home to cool – season and Transitional Grasses. Cool-season lawns grow most vigorously in the spring and early fall; once the temperature reaches 85 F the grass will go dormant, usually in mid-summer (Click Here) for your Grass Guide and other information on identification

Soil Test

A lush healthy lawn begins with the soil. Soils are made up of four basic ingredients: air, water, inorganic materials, and organic matter - the mix of decaying plants and insects called humus. The wrong balance can harm your lawn.The three main nutrients you'll be concerned with are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Soil tests should be conducted every two to three years at the same time of year. (Click Here) to learn about how we can help you with soil testing

The Plan

A simple lawn-care schedule is an incredibly useful tool, keep in mind it needs to be flexible for weather and climate changes. This sample lists the basic maintenance tasks for all types of lawns. Your schedule may need to be different based on your location; grass species; and own personal preferences. 

Sample Lawn Plan

January - March 

  • Protect the lawn from damage such vehicular traffic, foot traffic, and salt overspray
  • Formulate lawn care plan
  • Stage 1: Once the ground has warmed up apply pre-emergent to beat the weeds & crabgrass

  • Clean up debris; begin mowing as the grass starts to grow
  • Stage 1: Did not apply pre-emergent in March? do so before mid-April

  • If dry raise the mowing height
  • Between now and June apply grub control, as necessary, look for early insect outbreaks
  • Stage 2: Apply weed and feed, do so 4 - 6 weeks after pre-emergent application  

June - August
  • Mow until grass goes dormant; water if your lawn requires it 
  • Stage 3: Apply fertilizer as needed every 4 - 6 weeks to keep the grass green 

September - October 
  • Continue mowing as long as the grass is actively growing, but lower the height by 1/2in, if watering reduce 
  • De-thatch, overseed, or aerate as needed 
  • Stage 4: Apply fertilizer mixed with a winter solution, wait 4 - 6 week between applications 

November - December 
  • Remove leaves and debris