Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up discusses early spring lawn care. Hand raking to remove left over winter debris and dead grass. It is good time to see what kind of perennial weeds are in the lawn and decide what kind of treatment might be needed. A light lawn rolling might be in order if you find the lawn uneven to press the crowns back down into the soil. Getting the lawn mower ready is also a good thing to do. Sharpen the blade if that did not happen last fall as you put the mower away. Consider a new spark plug and fill the mower with fresh gas. Mow the lawn a few times before applying any lawn fertilizers.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.