If you want to have the best lawn on the block, February is a key month.
APRIL 27, 2011 -- Kansas City's local gardening expert Toby Tobin offers tips on getting rid of moles.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - If you want to have the best lawn on the block, February is a key month. February is the month that we kick start our lawns.
The first step is to mow off that dead layer of grass on top of your lawns. Lower your mower height as low as it will go without scalping your lawn. Be sure to bag all the clippings when you mow.
This simple step of mowing your lawn short in February will get your entire lawn growing strong.
This top layer of dead grass is blocking the sun to the new grass growing below.
You will be amazed at how much green is already underneath the dead layer.
Of course if there is snow or ice on the ground or the lawn is really wet.
You will just have to wait until the conditions are better and that can be late February or early march depending on the weather, but get it done as soon as you can.
Now is the time to check for those little weeds that are already popping up.
Mix up a pump sprayer with Gordon's Speed Zone concentrate, and spreader sticker per instructions with water and spray those small weeds and dandelions now so they don't become big weeds this Spring.
With this cold snap not going away for a while, here's a great February tip that's so easy and will make a big difference.
Add Tang Instant Drink Mix to your washing machine's soap dispenser and run the washing machine empty with hot water.
This will clean out your machine, keep it fresh and also clean the pipes. The acid in tang helps make for a clean washer and you should do this once a month.
For your dishwasher add two cups of white vinegar to the bottom of your machine and run an empty load, then add two cups of bleach and run another empty cycle.
This will sanitize and clean out your dishwasher for a quick easy honey do once per month.