Garden care tips for each of the four seasons

Month-by-Month Wisconsin & Midwest Lawn Care Calendar

Maintaining a healthy lawn is a year-round responsibility. In Wisconsin, we experience all four seasons in their breathtaking magnificence. And, as the seasons change, your lawn requires different types of care. But, how do you know what to do and when to do it? 

Here is a 12-month lawn care calendar to follow during the year to keep a lovely yard in the midwest. Then, answers to some frequently asked yard care questions. In Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, here’s how to do lawn maintenance right and become the envy of your neighbors with the most beautiful grass on the block.  

Winter Lawn Care 

Your winter lawn care schedule in the midwest needs to account for the snow and freezing temperatures we’ll experience in the area. Your grass will be weakened by the cold, which means that you should limit foot traffic in your yard. In addition, take careful consideration when using ice-melting products since many of them can be harmful to grass and other plants.  

December

  • Winterize your lawnmower and other yard maintenance tools. 
  • Make sure your equipment is properly stored away from the harsh weather. 
  • Ensure that pathways are cleared to keep people from walking on your lawn when the snow comes. 

January 

  • Prep your lawn care tools. Sharpen blades and replace any broken parts for tools you might need when spring arrives. 
  • Abide by the local snow removal laws and keep excess snow from sidewalks, other walking paths, and driveways. 

February

  • On a dry day, test your soil pH. This should be done at least every three to four years. Treat any issues that you find such as lawn moss. 
  • Flush all areas of your lawn that have been in contact with salt or pets with water to minimize harmful compounds from roots before the grass starts to grow again in the Spring. 

Bonus: 6 Winter Lawn Care Tips 

Spring Lawn Care 

In the springtime, remember that you should be mowing high. So, check the settings on your lawnmower blade to make sure it is at the tallest setting for your grass type. You will also be fertilizing, patching, and thickening your grass, so research your options ahead of time.

March

  • Start your lawn’s “Spring cleaning.” When your yard is dry, rake to remove mulch, debris, sticks, and dead grass. 
  • Manually remove mature crabgrass and other unsightly weeds from the lawn. 
  • Start your watering schedule. 
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicide before crabgrass seeds begin to germinate. 

April

  • At the first sign of growth, start mowing with the blade set high. 
  • Repair bare lawn spots with new seeds and/ or a high-quality weed & feed product
  • Spot treat dandelions, wild violets, and other weeds as needed.

May

  • Start to leave grass clippings on the lawn when reasonable as they can naturally benefit the surrounding soil. 
  • Manually remove weeds as needed and apply post-emergent herbicide to the tougher weeds. 
  • Continue mowing. 

Summer Lawn Care 

Your Summer lawn care calendar in the midwest calls for more water and a close eye on pests. Keep in mind that the heat during the summer months will cause water to evaporate so try to water at night or early in the mornings. 

June

  • Ensure that your lawn gets at least one inch of water per week. 
  • Raise your mower blade to 3-4 inches for higher grass blades that shade roots and continue mowing. 

July

  • Treat your lawn for newly-hatched pests like grubs that feed on grass roots near the surface. 
  • Continue your watering schedule. 
  • Continue mowing.

August

  • Test your soil and make any necessary corrections before seeding.  
  • Aerate and dethatch your lawn. 
  • Overseed established lawns and seed new lawns (45 days before expected frost).
  • After seeding, keep the grass area consistently watered. 
  • Continue to watch for insects and treat for them as needed.
  • Continue your watering schedule.
  • Continue mowing. 

Fall Lawn Care

What should you do to your lawn in the Fall? It’s time to fertilize and get ready for Winter when your grass will go dormant. Here’s everything you need to do to your yard, month-by-month. 

September

  • Fertilize cool-season grasses. 
  • Apply weed & feed products except for on newly-established grass. 
  • Continue your watering schedule. 
  • Lower mower blades to preferred height and continue mowing.

October

  • Add lime and other soil amendments. 
  • Rake fallen leaves and mulch. 
  • Reduce supplemental watering to 1” every two weeks. 
  • Continue mowing.

November

  • If you haven’t already, end your watering schedule. 
  • Continue mowing until grass goes dormant. 
  • Start your Fall clean-up

Bonus: 6 Tips for Fall Lawn Care

Final Thoughts

This month-by-month lawn care calendar should help you along the path to a greener, more beautiful, and healthier yard all year round. If you need help at any step of the way, enlist our expert lawn care services.