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April Lawncare in the Midwest

R. L. Rhodes
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The Midwest is grass country. While its best-known grasses are the corn and wheat crops grown in the region’s abundant farmlands, the same conditions make growing turf grass a snap relative to other regions of the country. Cool-season grasses like bluegrass and fescue tend to grow best here.

Drought conditions, as predicted by the Climate Prediction Center, continue to effect some areas of the Midwest this year, complicating the usual lawn care routine. Some extra care may be needed to help your lawn get through the dry season.


When temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees, you can begin applications of fertilizer. In addition to combating weeds like dandelions, Scotts Turf Builder Weed & Feed is formulated to increase water absorption in the lawn, thus helping to further alleviate your drought concerns. Give the lawn a light watering, then use a spreader to apply Turf Builder evenly across the lawn.

Weed control

With spring weather beginning to warm, you’ll want to get a jump on weed control. Fertilizing with a combination Weed and Feed can help nourish your grass while curbing weed growth. For more advanced weeds, try Ortho Weed-B-Gon. Mowing cool-season grasses like those most commonly grown in the Midwest a little taller in the spring can also help your grass compete more effectively against emerging weeds.

(Not sure if the Midwest is the right zone for you? See our zone map for more.)

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