Four common mistakes can keep your lawn from looking its best. Avoidthem, and your grass has a chance to be the envy of the neighborhood, says Dr. Thomas R. Turner, turf grass management specialist for theCooperative Extension Service, Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The four common mistakes are:
Using poor quality seed -- You might pay 50 percent to 100 percent more for varieties suited to Maryland conditions, but the added cost is worthwhile when you consider germination results and pesticide reduction. Do not seed later than April 1 if you want to avoid heat stress and weed competition.
Over-fertilizing -- Too much fertilizerin the spring or summer only increases the frequency of mowing. Apply no more than 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet for abright green color. Do not fertilize from early April through mid-May if you want to help reduce disease problems.