Pay no attention to the man behind the screen, or should I say on the screen. Commercials for lawn fertilizers show up on the airwaves this time of the year promising the perfect lawn if you apply this product or that. In fact, keeping a healthy attractive lawn is not that complicated if you maintain good habits; and this does not necessarily include spring fertilization.

I think we would all agree that an attractive lawn is one that has a thick stand of turf with good color and is relatively weed free. To maintain this trio our habits throughout the season can do more good than an application of nitrogen in the spring. High-nitrogen, fast-release lawn fertilizers are like steroids for grass- they accelerate growth, leaving the turf more susceptible to stress and disease.