One of the best things you can do to boost your home’s curb appeal is to get your lawn in good condition. An expanse of emerald green is a lot more enticing to homebuyers than one with brown patches and bare spots.
Certain lawn care tasks are best carried out during certain times of the year and, since we’re moving in on the tail end of the best time to lay sod, I figured it might also be a good time to remind you of other Minnesota lawn care tips.
Sod can be laid at any time during the growing season but the experts at the University of Minnesota say the best time is through mid-June and then again in the fall. That means that if you’re planning on installing sod, you should probably do it this weekend.
Most sod lawns in Minnesota are a mixture of Kentucky bluegrass. Make sure you lay it within 24 hours of delivery or you risk it drying out.
Hopefully you sprayed for crabgrass in April or early May. If not, it’s probably just starting to poke its ugly head out of the grass. You’ll need to use a post-emergence herbicide at this point. And, use it soon because crabgrass is easier to control when it’s young. As the crabgrass grows, it forms seed heads and then it’s almost impossible to get rid of.
Look for a selective post-emergent herbicide labeled for use on crabgrass. Weed Out with Q, Drive XLR8 and Echelon are just a few. Read the instructions carefully before using or you’ll risk ruining your lawn, or your health.
If you let the crabgrass get out of control until summer, try these tricks:
- Mow the lawn to a height of 2.5 to 3 inches during warm weather. This increases the shade on the lawn which discourages crabgrass seeds from germinating.
- Keep the lawn healthy to crowd out weeds.
- Fill in bare spots with grass seed before weed seeds have a chance to take then over.
June is also a good time to control broadleaf weeds, such as black medic, knotweed, spurge and henbit. Choose a selective post-emergent herbicide listed to control the specific weeds you want to kill.
If you haven’t applied fertilizer yet, this weekend is the best time to do it.