Note: Because of this region's climate conditions, a lawn may not be the most budget-friendly or environmentally responsible choice. Check with your county's cooperative extension service to find out if a lawn makes sense in your area.
Stop summer weeds: Don't let annual weeds crowd out your lawn this year. Use a pre-emergence herbicide to stop them from growing. Spread the pre-emergence product from mid-February to early March for best results.
Begin mowing: Start mowing your lawn as it begins to grow in late spring.
Don't let thatch build up: Thatch -- a layer of old, dead grass stems -- can stop air and water from getting to your lawn's root system. Remove thatch before the grass starts growing in summer.
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