If overseeding, do so before mid-April and use a crabgrass preventer containing siduron.
When mowing for the first time this year, keep in mind that mowing too short gives crabgrass light for germination. Ward Upham of K-State says that on tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass, you can mow as low as 1 to 1½ inches the first time to speed green-up of the grass, but be careful not to scalp the turf. Normal mowing height for Kentucky bluegrass is 2 to 3 inches and for tall fescue is 3 to 3½ inches.
There also are special events on each of the Saturdays. On March 29, Poppy the Clown balloon artist will be at Botanica from noon to 2 p.m., and kids can make their own fairy wings and wand. On April 5, Tanganyika Wildlife Park will have an interactive wildlife booth, and kids can make their own fairy garden to take home.
Admission is included in membership or regular admission: $7 general, $5 for ages 3 to 12, free for ages 2 and under, $6 for seniors and military.