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When it comes to turf, what happens above ground reflects what’s going on underneath. Take advice from lawn pros and test your soil, so you know your starting point for essentials such as soil pH. Your local county extension office or agricultural agent will have information on test kits and reputable soil laboratories.

Lawn grasses need proper nutrition. Nitrogen is especially important to keep your lawn lush, vibrant and green. Your soil test results will recommend how many pounds of nitrogen your lawn needs annually (usually per 1,000 square feet), based on its organic matter and other considerations.

Get to Know Your Soil

Take time to understand how to read a seed tag and know who’s behind the seed you buy. Many companies sell seed purchased on the open market—and the contents may surprise you. But with premium grass seed such as purebred Pennington Smart Seed, you can buy the best grass seed with confidence and enjoy a sustainable lawn and increased resistance to drought, diseases and insect pests.

Grasses suited to their growing region create exceptional lawns. Just like garden flowers or shrubs, turfgrasses vary in their climate preferences and tolerances for drought, shade and other conditions. One benefit of seed over sod is your expanded choice of grass varieties with specific qualities, from durability to texture beneath bare feet.

Put your first lawn on the fast track to thicker growth with Pennington Lawn Booster, available in Sun & Shade and Tall Fescue formulas. This premium, all-in-one solution combines lawn care steps and products, so you get lime-enhanced Smart Seed, professional-grade fertilizer and a soil enhancer in a simple-to-use, premixed formula. Your lawn will grow quicker, thicker and greener than ordinary grass seed in just one application—guaranteed.

Preemergent herbicides, or weed preventers, control crabgrass and other weeds by stopping their seeds from germinating. An application early in the growing season works wonders; it's like vaccinating your lawn against weeds.

Dandelions, clover, and creeping Charlie are some of the most common broadleaf weeds you'll encounter, but plenty of other plants can invade quickly and spread relentlessly. To keep them in check, you may decide to use a granular weed-and-feed product or spray an organic liquid broadleaf weed killer.

1. Treating Broadleaf Weeds When It’s Dry

Need to reseed? For cool-season grasses, fall is the ideal time; plant warm-season grasses in late spring. But remember: Don't apply crabgrass preventer at the same time that you seed your lawn; it stops all seedlings from growing, even the ones you may want to grow.

As grass (or any plant) grows, it uses up nutrients in the soil. When you mow and bag up clippings, over time all the soil nutrients will get used up so you'll need to add fertilizer. If you let clippings decompose back into the soil instead, that will help a little, but you may still need to replenish available nutrients once in a while. A soil test every year will show you how much you may need to add. When you feed your lawn is important, too.

That lush carpet of green can totally be yours when you make a few corrections to its maintenance schedule. Here’s how to make sure you’re giving your turf what it needs, when it needs it.