Special Report: Secrets from the head groundskeeper of the Brewers to get your lawn looking like the pro's

Special Report: Secrets from the head groundskeeper of the Brewers to get your lawn looking like the pro’s


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Many people see yard work as a chore, but for some, it's a career.

The man in charge of Milwaukee's most famous patch of grass says with the proper care, you can be the envy of your block.

The show yard in the neighborhood typically has perfectly cut grass, no weeds, and the green color that looks like it's straight out of a landscaping magazine. So, how do you get your neighbors to talk about your lawn?

In order to be the best, CBS 58 Chief Meteorologist Drew Burgoyne visited the best lawn in town and got the tips from the professionals at Miller Park.

Michael Boettcher is the Director of Grounds for Miller Park. He's been working with the Brewers for 10 years. Michael and his crew walk the 90,000 square foot field daily to make it perfect for the Brewers players.

The Miller Park Kentucky Bluegrass is like your grass at home but it's specifically engineered to be cut to a 1-inch playing surface. While homeowners don't have the Brewers budget, there are simple ways to improve your lawn during the summer. Watering during the morning is crucial to keeping your lawn healthy during the summer.

Keeping it mowed regularly and not too short will help during the high-stress times of July and August.

Get a regular fertilization plan throughout the season. Your yard needs food and as summer turns to fall, consider having your lawn aerated. That will help to break up dead plant material and get some air on your lawn. 

"Learn as much as you can about your yard and how it's growing during the seasons. Taking a soil test of your yard to see what it really needs. Let your yard talk to you a little more.  A soil test will let you know if the lawn is low on nutrients and if the pH level is off. You can better attack your lawn by knowing these key ingredients," said Boettcher.

You can send your soil sample to the University of Wisconsin soil lab in Marshfield for analysis. There's a cost of $15 but you will get recommendations on how to treat your lawn. 

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