Lawn Care Plan Guide

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 developing a plan, we should identify your grass species and test the soil. 


Lawn Identification 

First, we need to identify your lawn species. Ohio is home to cool-season and transitional grasses. Cool-season lawns grow most vigorously in the spring and early fall. Usually, in mid-summer, once the temperature reaches 85 Ferenhight, the grass will go dormant.  (Click Here for your Grass Guide)

Soil Test

A healthy lawn begins with the soil. The makeup of the soil consists of four ingredients. These ingredients include air, water, inorganic materials, and organic matter. The wrong balance of these ingredients can harm the lawn. The three primary soil nutrients we will be concerned with are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. We need to conduct soil tests at least every three years. We recommend you run each test 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; it needs to be flexible for weather and climate changes. Listed below is a sample list of the essential maintenance tasks for all types of lawns. Your schedule may need to be different based on your location, grass species, and 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