This year Mother Nature was very unforgiving. First we started with very little snowfall or rain during traditional winter months. This led to an actual drought in early spring. It was hard to believe that grass was turning brown due to a lack of moisture and grass seed was not germinating very well. Fertilizer applications also took longer than usual to green up the grass. Then the large amount of spring rains came. This made it difficult to get spring applications of crabgrass preventers and broadleaf weed controls applied at proper times. The excessive spring rains also washed out some of the crabgrass preventers so we saw a lot of crabgrass this summer. Many new white clover patches showed up due to the large amount of moisture in the ground. When summer months arrived so did severe drought and heat stress and fungus pressures. These combinations lead to all sorts of summer lawn problems.