Getting ready for lawn care and spring planting

LA CROSSE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The snow may be gone, but Dan Stetzer who’s a construction supervisor with Ziegler’s Landscape By Design in Onalaska, said it can take a toll on the grass.

“Right now we recommend people do an aeration of the lawn, which is actually a machine that drives around the lawn, and pull plugs of dirt out of the ground,” said Stetzer.

Stetzer said now is also a good time for a power raking or dethatching.

This will get rid of dead plant material and grass clippings.

“That will help water and air actually get into the soil to help the grass get itself started for the year,” said Stetzer.

Kevin Semke is a corn and soybean farmer in the Town of Hamburg, which is near the La Crosse and Vernon County line.

He said he’s anxious to get planting after the long winter.

“What we need is that rain, that’s supposedly coming, and that will help draw the last of the frost out, and we’ll actually start drying up, and get ready to go,” said Semke.

Semke says right now the soil is cool and wet.

The soil’s temperature is about 45 degrees, and 50 degrees would be an ideal temperature.

Agriculture agent Steve Huntzicker with the UW Extension in La Crosse County said he thinks farmers can be optimistic despite the long winter.

“Hopefully this trend of warming temperatures continues, and things dry out a little bit so they can into them, and really get off to a good planting season, unlike last year where we really saw the wet and cool conditions,” said Huntzicker.

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