Lawn Care – Crabgrass Preventer & Fertilization
Early Spring Application – Round 1
This past winter was generally mild, which means turfgrass did not go totally dormant this year. With a few 60 and 70 degree days, we even saw a few lawns come completely out of dormancy and begin to grow. This means that turfgrass most likely have been using stored nutrients and will go into springtime very hungry.
This first application is important for the grass plants to revive and gain strength. Once the temperatures climb the grass will begin to green up and begin to mend itself. The crabgrass preventer will help to fight off any infestation trying to invade the thin or bare areas in the lawn. This application is one of the most important of the year & can help prevent up to 80% of the crabgrass in your lawn.
What was done?
Today we applied a granular application of Fertilizer with Crabgrass Preventer. Lawns need the nourishment provided by fertilizer to start the growing season. The fertilizer contains Controlled Release Nitrogen to give your lawn an even feeding from now until the second application (eliminating surge growth).
Crabgrass is most likely to invade the edges of a lawn – along sidewalks, planting beds, and in thin or bare areas of turf, despite the crabgrass preventer application.
- Maintain at least a 3” mowing height, and please do not use a weed-eater to trim and define hard surfaces. These practices can create weed opportunities by breaking the crabgrass preventer barrier.
- A complete fertilization program helps build turf density, which will decrease crabgrass problems. Customers with limited application programs may have higher populations of crabgrass. For more information on how to keep crabgrass out of your lawn, click here.
What you can expect:
The fertilizer will enhance your lawn’s spring green-up as the weather warms up. The crabgrass preventer will form an invisible barrier, which, with proper mowing, will prevent crabgrass from successfully emerging this spring. Control can often exceed 80% versus an untreated lawn. Read more about our Updated Crabgrass Program to find out what steps need to be taken to control crabgrass and what guarantees are included with this service.
What you can do to benefit most from today’s visit:
Do not rake the lawn after this treatment because it will disrupt the crabgrass barrier. Water the lawn if we do not get rain within one week (generally not necessary in the spring).
You are free to go on the lawn immediately following today’s application.
- Small children and pets should remain off the lawn until the material has been watered in.
- Broadleaf weeds will be targeted in the next application once soil temperatures are higher.
All of our programs are based on the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which is an environmentally friendly and effective approach to controlling damaging insects, diseases and invasive plants. For more information about IPM click here.
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