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Lawn Care – Crabgrass Preventer & Fertilization

 

TODAY’S VISIT

Early Spring Application – Round 1

 

Although it’s early in the Lawn Care season, it’s time to get the Crabgrass Preventer down. Crabgrass preventer works by stopping crabgrass seeds from sprouting (germinating). If the seed does start growing before the preventer is applied, the results will be less effective. For more info on crabgrass control, click here.

Once the temperatures climb, the fertilizer will help the grass green up and begin to recover from the stress of winter.

If necessary, lawn damage may have to be addressed with some seeding. This is the most important application for controlling crabgrass. Green Giant Home & Commercial has aeration and overseed services available. Contact us for a free quote.

 

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.

 

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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