Any patches of your lawn that have not survived the winter, or the family dogs, may need to be reseeded. Remove any dead grass from the spot, rake the dirt gently to allow seeds to settle into the soil, spread your seed, water well, and cover with straw to keep birds out of the seed.
Weeds can take over a lawn if not nipped in the bud. Checking your lawn daily to remove any new weeds will keep them from spreading to other areas of the lawn. You may want to apply a commercial weed and feed product that kills weeds and feeds the grass at the same time.
Mowing should be done at about 3-4 inches each time. Taller blades of grass get more light during the hottest part of the day and use this energy to produce more nutrients for the roots and surrounding soil. Grass that is the right height retains more moisture throughout the hot, dry days. Change your mowing pattern each time you mow.
If you have a mulching mower, leave a light covering of grass clippings on the lawn for nutrients as they break down. If your mower collects the grass clippings, you can use them as mulch for your vegetable garden or put them in a compost pile.
Fertilize at the beginning of summer season (or even in spring if the snow is gone). Follow your product’s recommendations on whether or not to fertilize again mid -season. Use a slow release fertilizer after the soil reaches 55 degrees.
Best time to water is in the morning so the soil can absorb the moisture and the grass will dry off before the sun heats everything up. Only water if you’ve not had any rain in a week. If footprints or mower tracks remain indented in the grass for longer than 30 minutes it’s a good sign that the grass needs water.