From Our Golf Course Superintendent: The Perfect Lawn Care Plan

Last year’s drought caused a great deal of damage to not only golf courses, but lawns as well. Andover Country Club Golf Course Superintendent, Wayne LaCroix, shares his simple care plan to help your lawn recover from drought damage.

Lawn Drought Recovery Care

Very few lawns were left untouched by the damage done by the drought and the water restrictions. These conditions allowed for weed seed, dandelion, crabgrass, and other unwanted weeds to take hold of lawns. If damaged areas haven’t been reseeded or replaced with sod, they should be done as soon as possible.

  1. Your lawn care plan should start in early spring. Sometime during April is when you should treat your lawn with a fertilizer that has a crabgrass control component.
  2. The next step is to use a weed & feed fertilizer. This can be done any time between the first week of May and the second week of June. In some cases, it can be done later, but not this year!
  3. The third step is to fertilize your lawn with a fertilizer that has grub and insect control. Ideally this should be done during the first week of July, but can be done any time between the second week of June through July.
  4. In early September, you should use a slow release fertilizer that has no phosphorous and is a minimum of 50%-75% slow release.
  5. During the fall, around mid-October, you should fertilize again with a fertilizer that is a 25-50% slow release.
  6. Lastly, around the end of November, you should test your soil to determine how much lime you will need. Generally, you will need 10-25lbs per 1,000 square feet.

A simple way to remember the majority of application dates is to work them around the holidays.

  1. Passover – Easter
  2. Mother’s Day
  3. Father’s Day to Independence Day
  4. Labor Day
  5. Columbus Day
  6. Thanksgiving Day

Andover Country Club features an 18-hole championship course originally conceived and adapted to the natural contour of the land by course architect, W.H. Follet and completed upon his death by the famed designer Donald Ross.

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