What To Do for Your Lawn in May

The snow is gone and those of us who enjoy working on our lawns are anxious to get started. Here's what you can safely do for your lawn in May.

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Lawn Care in May

The daylight hours are getting longer and tree buds are beginning to swell. Retailers are already urging you to buy fertilizer, crabgrass preventer and grass seed. Like a racehorse at the starting gate, you’re waiting for the starting bell to ring and the gates to swing open so you can get cracking on your lawn.

Patience, my friend. Let’s wait for Mother Nature to set the stage first. There’s not much we can, or should, do without her cooperation. And the timing of her arrival depends on where you live.

Those of you in the Transition Zone will start working on your lawns weeks before those of us in the Northern climes. And for those who live south of the Transition Zone, this information won’t apply to you. That’s because your grass seldom goes dormant. You get to enjoy it all year long!

Those of us in the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zones 6 or colder grow mostly cool-season lawn grasses. Here’s a step-by-step action plan to get your lawn off to a great start this year.

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Joe Churchill
Joe Churchill is a 40-year veteran of the Green Industry. During his career, Joe has helped turf professionals in the lawn care, golf and sports turf markets grow healthier, better-looking and safer turf. He currently is a Senior Turf Specialist for Reinders, Inc., endorsing turf maintenance programs that promote common-sense cultural practices improving overall lawn care health, while becoming less dependent upon the use of turf pesticides, water, fertilizer and other inputs. He's also an adjunct instructor at North Hennepin Technical School and speaks at Green industry professional conferences. He’s always happy to coach beleaguered lawn owners, whether through his Family Handyman content or in the grass seed aisle of his local garden center.