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Question: I recently purchased a home and the lawn needs some help. The lawn has a lot of weeds growing in it. I put a summer fertilizer w/weed killer in it on the lawn in the summer, and then I put a winterizer fertilizer w/weed killer in it on the lawn in October. What should I do come spring to improve the lawn? Should I just keep using fertilizer? Should I spread new seed? I'm trying to find some cheaper solutions right now until I can spend more money on the lawn and other landscaping.

Thank you for your help,

Joel Marick

Answer: I think you're on the right track. This spring, dig out any persistent weeds, rake any bare areas, and then overseed. Once the grass is up and growing you can feed. You'll find several eco-friendly pre-emergent weed control products in your local garden center. Look for corn-gluten based products. These stop weed seeds from germinating and are Earth friendly (which translates to a healthier lawn and environment). Be sure to mow regularly and water deeply and by next summer your lawn should be lush and thick enough to crowd out any weeds. Enjoy your new home and landscape!

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