Experts: ‘Proceed gently’ with lawn and garden care

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(NBC) – The grass-growing season is upon us, but a tip to keep your grass-cutting gear in good shape: don’t try to fire it up until you’ve siphoned out last year’s fuel.

“Stale fuel can get in the lines and can cause problems and can be more difficult to get out,” said Dan Wroclawski with Consumer Reports.

Time is also running out to use a pre-emergent to kill weeds before they germinate.

“There are winter weeds, early spring weeds, spring weeds, and they are coming up at different times,” said Phillip Stacey with Apostles Lawn and Landscape.

So, move on to properly feeding your lawn for the summer, with a fertilizer that has iron in it but no nitrogen.

Then, concentrate on watering.

“The biggest mistake people make is not watering long enough and also not watering early enough,” said Stacey.

Early means between 4 and 6 in the morning. Long enough means rain or watering that totals an inch or so per week.

Plus, there’s good news for those needing to purchase new lawncare gear.

“Retailers are discounting all of their own inventory and you will see the widest selection of new gear as well,” Wroclawski said.

“And just like when you’re going to buy car, go test drive a lawn mower,” Stacey said.

Finally, you only have a few weeks left to plant warm weather grasses like Bermuda or Zoysia.

Wait till late summer or early fall to sow cool weather grasses like Fescue.

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