Hello all, great forum here, I am learning a lot! I have a few questions that are sort of answered in other threads that I searched but not fully. I'll start with a brief description of my property and equipment and then I'll go into my questions about my lawn. I am located in Lancaster, PA and I bought the house Nov. 2012 so I have a summer under my belt, it's only about an acre. Mistakes I made last summer were: 1. I cut my grass way to low and it got burnt out over the summer 2. I didn't use any fertilizers at all. Last summer I used a Troy Bilt Pony 42" mower that wasn't the best but worked but I am stepping up my game this year and getting a Exmark Pioneer S-series 48" at the beginning of April. I used to work for a landscaper who has seen my yard and he suggested skipping aerating this year and I think I am fairly good with thatch issues. My main questions stem to clean up before fertilizing. I have Kentucky Coffee Trees that make a hell of a mess and I have a lot of pod cleaning up to do in my front yard and part of the side yard. Hopefully this goes faster this year since I got a Stihl BR600 mid summer last year before the fall, however am I able to put down fert with all the crap in my yard still and have it be affective? My buddy and I split a 50 lb Lesco spreader that I am itching to use to put down some Lesco brand Pre-emergent and Crabgass fert that you get at Home Depot but I am not sure if I have time within the next 1-2 weeks to get the yard cleaned up before putting it down. My main question which I just asked but want to emphasize is if I don't have time on Monday or Tuesday coming up to clean up the pods and sticks (I got most/all of the leaves last fall) will it be a waste to put down the fertilizer for crab grass on one of those days? I leave for Texas Wed-Sun and then I work Mon-Tue the following week when I get back. Is March 26-28 to late for a pre-emergent/crab grass fert in Southeastern PA. I don't want to be to late with the crab grass fertilizer so that is my main concern. Thanks for any and all help!