As I reflect on ways to get our lawns and gardens looking best in the months to come, I think of three main areas of focus:
1) Get a soil test with your local Virginia Cooperative Extension Service office.
2) Plan to not over-water your plants and lawn. If you have an irrigation system, periodically inspect it and make corrections and adjustments.
3) Plan to not over-feed your plants, trees, and shrubs.
As lawns (tall turf fescue) are concerned, there may not be a need to fertilize now in spring if you last fertilized in late fall. Most studies show that fertilizing now will lead to "top" growth and not "root" growth. Also, many turf fungal diseases are caused by the extra nitrogen you would be introducing now.