Order of lawn care steps

Asked September 29, 2016, 7:11 AM EDT

I live in Catonsville and have tall fescu lawn. What are the best practices for lawncare? In which order should I aerate, overseed and fertilize? Can I do the three at the same time? Should I leave plugs on yard or rake them away as part of thinning the thatch? Should I leave sometime, e.g., a couple of weeks, between each step?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Look at our link for Best Practices for lawns http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/lawns/lawn-care-best-practices

See our publication for Overseeding Steps page 8. It is a good idea to test your soil if not done in the last several years. The order you mentioned above is fine. You can do all three at the same time. You do not have to wait weeks between each step. Plugs can be left on the lawn to decompose. Aeration should be done on moist soils. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG102%20Lawn%20Estab...