Your Complete Lawn Care Schedule for the Best Yard in Your Memphis or Northern MS Neighborhood

Lawn care is all about timing. A lot of people don’t realize just how important it is that the right services are performed at the right times.

Of course, no lawn care schedule should be so rigid that it’s not adaptable to the climate. There can be temperature variations from year-to-year and since so many of these lawn care services are driven by soil temperatures, it’s essential that customization is possible.

At Master Lawn, our lawn care schedule includes services over a 7-, 9-, or 10-visit package, depending on which lawn care program you choose. However, there are also other important lawn and landscape services that may be part of our lawn care calendar, depending on whether you choose a truly full-service program that also includes options like mowing and irrigation maintenance.

In order to give you some sense of what to expect from our lawn care calendar in Memphis, TN and Northern MS, we’ve rounded up a handy list.

Keep in mind that we may make changes to our schedule depending upon weather conditions and what is best for your property.

Late Winter

The mild winters of the south mean that weeds never really take a break. For this reason, we begin with pre-emergent weed control treatments in the late winter.

lawn technician spraying weed control

If you’re not using a professional lawn cutting service, then in the late winter, you should also have your mower serviced so it's sharp and ready for the spring. You may also need to check that your tires are properly inflated as unequally-inflated tires can cause mowing trouble.

Starting in the late winter through early spring, we can also prune trees that are getting too low in order to allow the grass to receive more sunlight.

In Summary:

  • Pre-emergent weed control
  • Lawn mower prep
  • Pruning

Early Spring

In the early spring, we will return for an additional round of pre-emergent control for crabgrass and post-emergent weed control as needed. We’ll also begin fertilization services.

If you’re using a full-service property maintenance program and partnering with our sister company, Michael Hatcher & Associates then April is when we begin our mowing season (which will go through October). If you mow your own grass, this is also around the time that you’ll want to start. We recommend a mowing height of 2.5 to 3 inches.

technician mowing lawn

April is also the month in which we will start-up your irrigation service. Irrigation service will typically include a professional start-up followed by monthly check-ups prior to winterization. We offer 5 checks: May, June, July, August, and September.

If you have a lawn with warm season grass, we may also recommend aeration in the early spring. Topdressing can also be performed in the early spring. Topdressing is a great way to build a healthy balance in your soil by increasing healthy soil microorganisms, all while improving soil structure.

In Summary:

  • Pre-emergent weed control
  • Fertilization
  • Mowing
  • Start-up irrigation
  • Warm season grass aeration
  • Topdressing

Late Spring

In the late spring, your lawn can benefit from additional fertilization and weed control. If you are our hybrid “Platinum” program, you’ll also receive organic, bio-nutritional probiotic soil additive.

hands holding soil with probiotic soil additive

In addition, should you have an existing fire ant problem or just want to be proactive about preventing them, we generally perform fire ant control as an add-on service for our lawn care customers between the spring and fall.

In Summary:

  • Fertilization
  • Weed control
  • Soil additives
  • Fire ant control
  • Monthly irrigation checks
  • Mowing

Early Summer

In early summer, we’ll fertilize again with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. We will also spot treat weeds that have popped up.

lawn dandelion weed to be spot treated

The summer is the essential time for grub control, as well. These tiny, c-shaped pests feed on your lawn roots and if left undisturbed, can potentially destroy your lawn.

In Summary:

  • Fertilization
  • Weed control
  • Grub control
  • Monthly irrigation checks
  • Mowing

Late Summer

Late summer fertilization will help your grass start preparing for the winter. That means going lower on the nitrogen. In addition, we’ll also work fungicide treatments into the late summer/early fall in order to address some of the common fungal diseases known to plague lawns in Memphis, TN and Northern MS. Like so many other elements on the lawn care schedule, the exact timing is weather-dependent.

In Summary:

  • Fertilization
  • Fungicide treatments
  • Monthly irrigation checks
  • Mowing


In the early fall, we may still be applying fungicide. We’ll also start wrapping up our mowing service in October. We will perform our final mow around 3.5 to 4 inches to give the grass a thick canopy heading into the winter.

By late October, we’ll be performing irrigation shut-downs in order to winterize your irrigation system.

Fall is also the best time to aerate and overseed your lawn if you have cool season grass.

lawn aeration

In addition, October through December is the ideal time to have fall clean-up services performed including leaf and debris removal.

In Summary:

  • Fungicide treatments
  • Final mow
  • Winterize irrigation system
  • Aerate and overseed cool season lawn
  • Fall clean-up services

Early Winter

In the early winter, we will apply winter limestone with magnesium and calcium. This will give your lawn time to start breaking down the materials and raising the soil pH, prior to the spring season.

We also perform mulching in February, March, and April, once all leaves have been fully cleared.

In Summary;

  • Winter limestone
  • Finish leaf and debris clean-up
  • Mulching

A Lawn Care Calendar that Eases Your Mind

As we mentioned, the timing of the lawn care services your lawn needs really does matter. That’s why it’s so important to choose a lawn care company in Memphis, TN or Northern MS that understands what lawns need to thrive—not one that just follows a rigid schedule that isn’t adapted to the local climate and its changing needs.

lawn care technician providing adviceSigning up for a full-service program, which includes services from our sister company Michael Hatcher & Associates (like irrigation maintenance, pruning, and mowing), will also provide you with peace of mind. That’s because you’ll be able to feel confident that your property is being cared for year-round on a schedule that will provide the best possible results. Instead of having to worry about what’s needed and when you’ll know that it’s being handled for you with the proper timing. In the end, all you’ll have to do is enjoy the benefits of having a great-looking property that the neighbors envy.

If you’re ready to get on a lawn care schedule that takes your worries away, then let us help you. Talk to a lawn care expert, choose from 3 program options, and become the master of your lawn.

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Joey Steele, Lawn & Plant Health Care Manager

Since 2004, Joey has been using his B.S. in Landscape Construction and his turf and ornamental certifications to transform properties in our area. He loves seeing the fruit of his team's hard work and enjoys the many relationships he's formed since joining our team in 2008. He's an Olive Branch, MS native and enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys, fishing and going to football games.

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