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First the bad news: if you neglect spring lawn care (and related concerns pertaining to your mower), you could end up paying for it the rest of the year. Now the good news: spring lawn care doesn’t entail nearly the amount of work that you’ll have to invest in mowing alone throughout the summer months.

TIP #1: Raking
Raking will be your first task of spring lawn care. Raking is for more than just removing leaves: it’s for controlling thatch, too. A thatch build-up of more than 1/2 inch is considered excessive.
When you rake the leaves, make the effort to rake deeply. Don’t just skim the surface, so as to remove the leaves. A deep raking will remove thatch, too, allowing you to kill two birds with one stone. Even if you followed this advice in fall, a spring raking is still recommended: it will remove grass blades that died over the winter — dead blades that are just waiting to become thatch!

Tip #2: Liming
Besides compaction, the presence of moss plants also signals acidity. But grass likes a neutral soil pH. You can solve this problem by liming your soil.

But first send a soil sample to your local county extension to determine the extent of your soil’s acidity. The county extension will also be able to advise you on how much lime per square foot you’ll need. Apply the lime using a lawn spreader. If your lawn has been doing fine and shows no signs of suffering from acidity, don’t apply lime. Liming is only a corrective measure, not a preventive measure. A soil that is too alkaline will also cause you lawn problems, so too much lime is as bad as not enough.

TIP #4: Over seeding
Is your lawn riddled with bare patches due to dog spots, heavy traffic or neglect? If so, you may need to apply grass seed to fill in those bare patches. This solution is known as “over seeding lawns.” Apply a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer when you over seed. Five weeks after the grass germinates, apply a quick-release nitrogen fertilizer. Even though the Fall is the preferred time for over seeding lawns, because our situation is dire, it is recommended.

TIP #5: Fertilizing
Many experts recommend a lighter feeding in spring and a heavier one in fall. Too much fertilizer in spring can lead to disease and weed problems.
In addition to the above tasks of spring lawn care, don’t forget weed control and making sure your mower is ready for the mowing season.

Block Party Update

Hey everyone! The Leacroft Block Party is here! So far, we have close to 300 adults and children who have told us that they are planning on coming. The night should be AMAZING!

Anyway, before you head out to the pool, there are a few quick details that we’d like you to know about:

  • If you are planning on bringing your grill, Please plan to begin set up sometime around 4:30PM on Saturday. We will be providing burgers, hotdogs and buns.
  • Please bring a side dish to share with your neighbors. This deal is “pot-luck style,” so be prepared to share.
  • Bring plates, drinks and utensils for you and your family.
  • Don’t forget your lawn chairs or you’ll be sitting on the pavement.

4:30 – Grills arrive at the pool parking lot and set-up begins
5:30 – Hamburgers and Hot Dogs hit the grill and the fun begins
6:00 – Eat until you’re stuffed (swim if you want too!)
8:30 – Movie Night on the Tennis Court: National Treasure 2 (Bring a blanket to lay on…no chairs allowed)
10:00 – Pool Closes

Oh, if it’s raining, be sure to check back here for any rain-delays or postponements.

Leacroft Block Party

On Saturday, May 31, 2008 Leacroft will be hosting the first annual neighborhood block party.

Imagine twenty-five grills cooking burgers and hotdogs for the entire neighborhood in the the pool parking lot. The evening will includes food, extended pool hours, movie night on the tennis court (featuring the latest National Treasure) and lots of fun!

Help us make our neighborhood more of a community by joining the fun. The meat will be provided for FREE! Each family will need to bring, a side dish, lawn chairs and something to drink.

Lot’s of people have been asking how we are pulling this off, so here’s the story:

We have divided our neighborhood into twenty-five zones. (see below) And have attempted to recruit leaders and organizer for each zone. (there are some zones that are still unmanned) Each zone leader will be the contact for you if you want more information about the party. So, if you want more info, contact your zone leader.


  1. (no leader yet)
  2. (no leader yet)
  3. Michael & Elaine Darnall
  4. Isaac Reid
  5. Ellen & Craig Nunn (with help from the McGinnis crew)
  6. (no leader confirmed)
  7. Bruce & Barbara Anderson
  8. Willie & Cheryl Jefferson
  9. Patrick Bunn
  10. (no leader…Argh!)
  11. Todd & Krisen Mack
  12. Barbara Walbridge
  13. Dave & Jessica Moore
  14. Mike & Kristin Seaver
  15. Tina & Marti Ray
  16. Michelle & Robert Dunham
  17. Michell & Robert Dunham
  18. (we need help here!)
  19. Mike & Sue Sardellis (the said the Hicklings would help too)
  20. Vince & Courtney Smith
  21. Wendy & Allen Faler
  22. Bob Matthews
  23. Tami & Christopher Merry
  24. (hmmmmmmm)
  25. Monte Chisolm
  26. (nobody yet…)

If you are will or able to volunteer for any of these openings or if you have any questions, please feel free to let us know by emailing us at

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