Triad -- You don't need me to tell you how warm this winter has been. In February alone, the high temperature has been over 60 more than 8 days. The average high for February is in the low to mid 50s. We've only had 1.6" of snow the entire winter.
Because of the warm air, many of the daffodils are already blooming and perhaps you even feel the need to cut the grass.
If you're thinking you might be able to get out and work in the yard earlier this year, you're right. In fact, you need to. According to Landscaper Joe Campbell, if you typically put out fertilizer, pre-emergent or lime in mid to late March, it isn't a bad idea to put it out now.
Obviously winter isn't officially over for a few more weeks so we could still have frost and even snow. That means it still isn't a good idea to get out and plant the things you typically would later in the season.
This doesn't mean you will want to start fertilizing this early every year. Campbell says in his 25 years in the lawn care business, he has been cutting and fertilizing earlier and earlier as a general rule. However, it really depends on the year. If we go back to normal wintertime temperatures next year, you can also go back to your normal fertilizing schedule.
Joe Campbell, Landscaper