For new or thinning lawns in need of some cosmetic patching, the time to seed is now.
Though unseasonably cold temperatures have continued to prolong the bitter chill of winter far beyond its usual departure, homeowners itching to get a jump on caring for their lawns are flocking to local stores for seed and feed. And while temperatures have kept some would-be gardeners out of their yards in recent weeks, there seems little reason to believe that the kiss of spring will remain at bay much longer.
Jackie Schmidt, associate manager at Earl May in Hastings, said customers have begun stocking up on lawn care supplies in recent weeks. Many looking to plant are chomping at the bit to get some seed in the ground while there is still plenty of moisture to be found.
"Every year is different, and this year is not a normal one," Schmidt said. "It's really cold, but a lot of people have started to seed already.