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Your 2020 Lawn Care Checklist

Get the product list and action steps essential to growing a healthy New England Lawn!

  •  Crabgrass Control
  •  Broadleaf Weeds
  •  Drought Resistance 
  •  Insect Control

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Step 1: Fertilize and Crabgrass Control

Help prevent target grass from germinating as the weather begins to warm up, and prevent crabgrass all season by fertilizing with lawn food & a pre-emergent weed control.


Step 2: Apply Calcitic Lime

Used to raise your soil pH quickly and efficiently, calcitic lime is safe to use any time of the year (though spring is best) on all turf and landscapes.


Step 3: Fertilize and Broadleaf Control

What if we told you there’s a product that fertilizes, protects your turf against the threat of heat and drought, all while killing and controlling over 250 weeds? 


Step 4: Apply Weed Killer

Spot treat if you have missed any crabgrass and/or boadleaf weed control applications. Use a pre-emergent weed killer that has some post-emergent effectiveness, and does not contain any fertilizer.


Step 5: Apply H3O

It helps maintain moisture in the soil and regulates soil conditions so more seeds germinate quicker. Also, it reduces water usage by 50% and allows you to re-water at longer intervals.


Step 6: Use Insect Control

Turf damaging insects (surface and sub-surface feeders) are best controlled mid-summer.


Step 7: Use Summer Fertilizer

If you still wish to keep your lawn fertilized, you can use a straight fertilizer - not combined with any weed control.


Step 8: Apply Fall Fertilizer

Apply a fall fertilizer to restore nutrients to your soil and promote a quick spring green-up. Apply lime again.


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Step 1: Test Soil & Spot Seed  

How's your soil? It is ideal to take a sample. Seed only if necessary. Wait until fall for any major renovations. If you are spot seeding, skip the pre-emergent and use only a starter fertilizer.


Step 2: Fertilize & Prevent Crabgrass

Use a fertilizer with weed control to help prevent pesky crabgrass from emerging in new or overseeded lawns without harming the grass seed germination.


Step 3: Apply Lime

To adjust the acidity of your soil and enhance fertilizer effectiveness, use lime.

Safe to use any time of year on all landscapes, you may apply up to 3 times a year, according to the results of your soil test. 


Step 4: Fertilize & Prevent Broadleaf

Mowed 3 times? It is safe to use a fertilizer with weed control to speed root growth to improve nutrient absorption while killing and controlling over 250 weeds. 


Step 5: Apply H3O

H3O is drought tolerant, keeping your lawn hydrated, allowing you to water 50% less. Best applied in late spring/early summer, H3O saves you time, labor and utility costs. Apply again in 3 months to maintain and regulate your soil conditions. 


Step 6: Apply Insect Control

Having grub and insect issues? 

Mid-summer is the ideal time to control both surface and sub-surface feeders. 


Step 7: Summer Fertilizer 

Keep your lawn healthy and green by fertilizing in summer. It will release slowly and will not produce a flush of growth that would require moisture that might not be present.


Step 8: Fall Seeding

** Extra Credit ** Aerating Your Lawn

Soil becomes compacted over the years due to foot traffic. Aerating will loosen the soil, improve soil oxygen levels, as well as water and nutrient infiltration, while reducing thatch levels.

Aerating is best to do in the fall, but can also be done in the late spring and summer.

  • If you don’t own an aerator, Northeast Nursery has equipment available for rent.
  • Rentals can be viewed here

** Extra Credit ** Top Dressing Your Lawn

Once you have seeded, top dress by spreading about a half inch of compost or topsoil on the lawn. This will build up soil and help reduce diseases and compaction problems. To get good seed-to-soil contact, gently rake the seeds and soil into the grass.


** Extra Credit ** Maintaining a Mowing Routine

Maintain a routine and make sure you are mowing regularly!  

General rules of thumb: 

  • Remove no more than the top third of the grass plant eash time you mow.
  • First time of the season: Mow grass 2” tall. 
  • During the season: Mow grass 3” tall. 
  • Last time of the season: Mow grass 2” tall to help prevent snow mold. 
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