Lawn Care – Crabgrass Preventer & Fertilization
Early Spring Application – Round 1
This past winter started out very mild in December, moved to very cold in January with snow in February. The weather caused cabin fever for us, potholes in the streets and probably injury to some turf! 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. Excessive damage may have to be addressed with some seeding. 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.
What was done?
Today we applied a granular application of Fertilizer with Crabgrass Preventer. Most lawns need some extra nourishment to start the growing season. The fertilizer contains Controlled Release Nitrogen to give your lawn an even feeding now until the second application (eliminating surge growth). The Crabgrass Preventer is applied now so it is in place to last through the major crabgrass germination period, preventing the plants from growing.
- Crabgrass is most likely to invade 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 do not use a weed-eater to trim and define hard surfaces. These practices can create weed opportunities through breaking down the crabgrass preventer barrier.
- A complete fertilization program helps to build turf density, which will decrease crabgrass problems. Customers with limited application programs may have higher populations of crabgrass.
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 90% 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 in if we do not get rain within one week (generally not necessary in spring).
All programs include free inspections. These inspections cover all areas that are addressed in your program. We will keep working until you are completely satisfied!
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.