There is still time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to reduce summer weeds from germinating.  This is especially important if you were bothered by sandburs and/or crabgrass. Halt, Dimension, Crabgrass Preventer, Amaze and XL are good herbicides for the job.  Note that a second application should be applied in mid-June.

To be ready for the hot weather when it arrives, call in your irrigation contractor to check out and repair your system.  Make sure the rain sensor is working and all leaks are repaired.  Have him/her instruct you how to change the watering amounts if necessary.

Have your mower sharpened and the engine tuned up.  Mow in March to keep the lawn weeds in check.

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Looking for turf grass? Visit Milberger’s sample lawn areas. You are invited to examine and walk on these sample lawn areas to help you determine the look and feel of the turf you prefer. We also have information and specification sheets on the different sods.

Written by Calvin Finch
Dr. Calvin Finch is the retired Urban Water Program Director for the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.You can ask Calvin question and hear his answers on the air as he co-hosts the Gardening South Texas on the air at KLUP (AM 930) Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00pm.