March 17, 2014

What are your lawn resolutions?

Eliminating Crabgrass

We heard a lot of complaints about crabgrass this past year.  Did you know crabgrass only grows in sunny areas so you do not need to apply preventer all over your lawn if you have shaded areas?   Crabgrass plants can germinate even into the month of August, wow!  If you have had a continuing problem with crabgrass, that means you need to follow a split application program or apply Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer plus Green-Up Lawn Fertilizer two times during the spring season for optimum control.  The timing for these applications would be in April and then again in early June to extend control into August.   Some crabgrass preventers do prevent or suppress certain broadleaf weeds too.  Remember, you cannot apply grass seed for 3-4 months after these applications unless you use a preventer that contains Tupersan like our Crabgrass Preventer plus New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer.

Grassy & Broadleaf Weeds

Weed & Feed is used to feed the existing lawn and control broadleaf weeds.  Did you apply Weed & Feed and expect to control crabgrass?  Grassy weeds such as crabgrass and broadleaf weeds require two different types of control.  If you do not know the difference between grassy weeds and broadleaf weeds check them out on the Internet.  Broadleaf weeds have a more defined leaf and have a “flowering” aspect to them like dandelions, clover, chickweed and more.  Broadleaf weed controls need to be applied when the weeds are actively growing.   This makes it more difficult to control weeds in early spring weather when the temperatures are below 50 degrees.  Did you apply a broadleaf weed control in the heat and stress of summer and scorched your lawn too?  Do not apply any broadleaf weed controls if the temperatures are over 85 degrees.  You also have the option of applying broadleaf weed control granules without any fertilizer with Jonathan Green Lawn Weed Control.

Grub Control

Are grubs the problem you cannot seem to fix?  Did you apply a product too early or too late for optimum control?  Did you read the complete label for application tips and proper timing?  Did you apply a surface feeding insect control that is not labeled for grub control?  You need to understand the life cycle of the grub in order to best eliminate them.  Grubs start their journey to the soil surface in late spring to reproduce.  Apply Jonathan Green Grub Control at this time to disrupt this reproductive cycle.  If grubs are present at the surface during the year when you rake the lawn or see them in landscape beds, be sure to use a product labeled for quick kill not extended control.

Preventing Lawn Fungus

Has fungus been a headache for years?  Lawns prone to fungus tend to get fungus again over time from spring through fall.  You can prevent this by applying Jonathan Green Lawn Fungus Control from late spring every 30 days or so through the summer.  Don’t be fooled and waste money; properly identify the fungus because fungus damage can also look like heat and drought stress or insect damage too.

Soil Care

We can kill all of the weeds, insects and fungus and have a lot of bare spots and other lawn problems.  Why is this the case?  Have you ever addressed the condition of the soil?  Who still has never taken a pH test of their lawn soil?  Many lawns do not utilize the nutrients you feed them if the soil pH is too low or too high.  There are many great soil amendments available to correct soil problems like Mag-I-Cal and Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil. Who promised they would re-seed their lawn with improved varieties like Black Beauty Grass Seed and still not get around to it?  We saw some great lawn renovations this past fall when the proper preparations took place.  Quality grass seed, good seed-to-soil contact and improving the soil to grow a better lawn are the key.

We hope you can accomplish the lawn of your dreams this year, good luck!

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