The once lethargic and hushed landscape became frenetic and boisterous with the jubilant sound of chirping and twittering birds who seemed to have a season’s worth of gossip to share. The squirrels too descended in mass from the trees to forage and romp. The landscape had come alive and intimated a welcoming narrative of Spring’s imminent arrival.

With the recent onset of longer days, warming temperatures, and rainfall, nature is beginning to stir – pushing forth Snowdrops, Crocus and Squill. Even our lawns are starting to awaken from their seasonal slumber, slowly morphing from brown to green, and the symphony of bird songs confirms nature is about to get busy. And so should we.

March 15th – April 15th is the ideal time to seed lawns. This may seem a bit counter intuitive, considering our frost-free date is generally mid-May, but consider these important facts: Kentucky Bluegrass takes about a month to germinate and an additional 6-8 weeks to establish. So, if you do the math, a lawn seeded in April will not be fully established until late June, early July. Bluegrass is generally blended with fescue and/or perennial ryegrass, each with their own attributes. These augmented seeds are sometimes referred to as “nurse” seeds. It is thought they help protect and aid in Bluegrass’s success. Generally speaking, fescue does better in the shade and perennial ryegrass provides quicker cover.

So, if you’re thinking of seeding or reseeding your lawn, act now and contact Sweeney’s today!  Don’t you and your lawn deserve it?  We think so!   We proudly serve the communities of Villa Park, Elmhurst, Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Wood Dale, Itasca, and more!

Sweeney’s:  A Plant Based Company

Plant of the Week

Walther Funcke Yarrow

Clusters of brick-red flowers fade to terracotta then buttery yellow amongst gray-green, fern-like foliage May – July.  Prefers sun, and moist, well-drained soil, but will tolerate dry soil.  Grows 18-24″ tall and 18-24″ wide.  Attracts butterflies and other pollinators.  Drought tolerant.  Deer and rabbit resistant.

“Pull back the frosty veil of Winter to reveal the virginal face of Spring.”

-Kim Sweeney (original quote)

Best wishes,

Kim Sweeney