Itching to do yard work? Here’s what the experts say to do now

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We are well into spring, but we are still seeing snow, and the freezing temperatures may not be gone just yet, according to Stormcenter 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

So when are you safe to begin mowing and tackle yard work?

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Mow now, according to Garden Talk radio show host Mark Webber, a certified arborist and horticulturist. Webber says as long as there isn’t snow on the grass, you good to go.

ExploreListen to Mark Webber on Garden Talk every Saturday, 6am-9am on AM 1290/News 95.7 WHIO.

Expert Advice to Tackle Your Yard Now:

  • Aerate your lawn now
  • Apply crab grass preventer that contains Siduron or Tupersan. This "smart" product kills the crab grass without hurting your grass seed
  • Sow your grass seeds--scratch the seeds in to the soil to germinate
  • Careful with that fertilizer. You may not need it and could cause more harm than good. Webber suggests a soil test.
  • Clover and dandelions popping up? Now is NOT the time to spray a broadleaf herbicide. You should do this in the fall. Doing it now could damage your blooming trees.

Mowing Guidelines:

  • Only remove 1/3 of the grass blade
  • Kentucky blue grass should be left at 2 1/2" tall
  • Fescue grass should be left at 3" tall

Best Time for Yard Work This Week?

Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell says Wednesday is the best day this week to get outside and begin your yard project.

Tuesday and Thursday are fair days too.

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