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Early Summer Lawn Care

June 12, 2013

Weekly ag column by Mike Boersma County Extension Educator with the U of M Extension Service in Murray and Pipestone Counties
As we transition from spring into summer, there are a number of lawn care practices that will help maintain a healthy lawn through the hot summer months.

Fertilization: Depending on management practices and environmental factors, most Minnesota home lawns require between one and four pounds of Nitrogen (N) per 1000 square feet of lawn, annually. This annual amount should be separated into multiple applications of no more than 1 pound of N per 1000 square feet in any single application. Fall-applied fertilizer applications are generally best for the long-term health of the plant, although drought conditions last fall were not ideal for fertilizer applications.

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