The fescue lawns in Harvey County have greened up in the cooler temperatures of spring! Lots of lawn mowers humming and edgers buzzing let us know its lawn maintenance season too.

There is a right time, and right way, to do lawn chores. 

Mowing: Turf-types: 2 to 3 inches. K-31: 2 1⁄2 to 3 1⁄2 inches. Raise height to the upper end of the range during the summer.

Fertilizing: September, November, May.

Watering: In the Spring water minimally. Summer: 1 to 1 1⁄2 inches per week. Fall: only as needed to prevent wilting.

Planting: September or March through April, using 6 to 8 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet.

Dandelions: Herbicides are most effective in the fall.

Crabgrass Preemergence herbicide: Apply before redbud trees reach full bloom.

Grubs: Treat May through July depending on when grubs are present.

Aerating: Early spring or fall, as needed

Doing these chores at the correct time and correct way will save you money and time and help create a healthy, beautiful lawn.

— Scott Eckert is a Kansas State Research and Extension Agent for Harvey County. Horticulture is his specialty. The Harvey County Extension Office can be contacted at 284-6930.