Lawns: Wake up turf with fertilizer and care
• Consider aerating your lawn (pictured at left). For most lawns, it's helpful to do this every two or three years, depending on foot traffic, soil and grass type.
• Apply a preemergent fertilizer on lawns with cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, when you see the bright yellow forsythia bushes blooming.
• Treat warm-season grasses, such as Bermudagrass and zoysia, with preemergent fertilizer if you live in the northern half of the Midwest. (In the southern half of the Midwest, late March is the ideal time to do this spring "weed and feed" with warm-season grasses.)
• Sow grass seed in patchy spots, keeping the areas well watered with daily waterings, if necessary.