Finally some warm weather has come our way! The forsythia blooms are just about ready to open, and that is usually an indicator that soil temperatures are going to be on the rise. “What does this mean?”, you might ask. Well, it means that grass is going to be greener soon. As the grass greens up, crabgrass seeds from last year start to fill in the bare spots around your yard. It is time to think about a strategy for the upcoming year.
Soundview’s options for Step 1, fertilizer with Crabgrass pre-emergent include higher or lower Nitrogen fertilizer with Evade (aka Barricade) pre-emergent.
You can also choose between a higher and lower rate of the Evade. Lower Nitrogen means less top growth, and maybe a little less mowing. Less Evade means you can split your step 1 applications over 6 weeks for longer control. The higher rate of Evade can be used if you would like to make only 1 initial treatment of the lawn and perhaps don’t expect crabgrass to be a big problem. We also offer some products with Dimension Crabgrass pre-emergent. Tell us your lawn story and we’ll make a recommendation just for you.
If you want to have a greener, more lush lawn, but don’t want to use an combination products or pesticides, ask us about a straight fertilizer programs to suit your needs. We stock several formulations of fertilizer which can make even a low maintenance lawn look great. We can tailor a plan just for you.
Lastly, if you haven’t spread lime in a while, these next few weeks are a perfect time to spread some pelletized lime. We always recommend getting a soil test first to determine how much lime you need. Usually if you need some lime, you’ll need 1 50 pound bag for every 1000 square feet! That means 20 bags on ½ acre of lawn.