Let the spring season begin – finally! The northeastern states have been hit especially hard with cold winter temperatures and heavy snow this year. Even as I pen this article in late March we are expected to see further snowfall. Snow mold damage and winter kill on your properties are the issues homeowners will inquire about this month. We may see more homeowners wanting to seed their lawn than previous spring seasons. Frigid temperatures and this winter’s heavy snow fall have led the way for damaged lawns. Jonathan Green is committed to supplying you with quality products that your customers will appreciate. Our goal is to support you with products that will encourage your customers to continue to invite you back to their property and establish yourself as the professional.
The high levels of snow will certainly promote grey snow mold (also known as Typhula Blight) and pink snow mold (also known as Fusarium Patch). Snow mold is a fungal disease that appears in the early spring. Snow mold is predominately found where the turfgrass blades were left high or not cut at the end of the previous year. Fortunately, grey snow mold damage is more prevalent and will recover nicely in time. If you encounter this fungus while working on a customer’s lawn, lightly lift the infected turf blades by raking to encourage air flow to engulf the plant. Once the blades have dried, the infection will cease and the turf will renew itself especially with an application of Jonathan Green Green-Up Lawn Fertilizer 29-0-3. Green-Up Fertilizer will promote further tillering of the plant, growing new shoots past the existing damaged plant areas. However, if pink snow mold is prevalent, seeding may be your only option.
If you need to seed, consider applying the Jonathan Green Mag-I-Cal as your first application. Mag-I-Cal will help to remedy your soil problems. This amazing product will balance your low soil pH and increase the grasses’ ability to absorb needed nutrients. Grass seed typically struggles to germinate if the pH is out of balance. Remember, to hold off on the preemergent applications until the seed has germinated and the turf has been mowed at least twice. The Jonathan Green Fertilizer plus Dimension 12-0-0 is the best product to apply after these conditions are satisfied.
If you are still struggling to achieve a strong healthy turf on a few of your properties use Jonathan Green Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil. This innovative product is an easy way to create the proper soil conditions that turf loves. Formulated with L-amino acids and complex proteins, these materials are essential nutrients to be absorbed during all stages of plant growth. Love Your Lawn also helps loosen heavy, hard packed soils and releases tied-up nutrients in the soil. Kick-start your lawn today, to mature and thrive during the summer months by applying Love Your Lawn-Love Your Soil!
Dimension is a “pre” and “post” emergent crabgrass control which is clear, odorless and non-staining. This is important for your customers to know that you will not be discoloring the sidewalks or beautiful hardscaped patios. Dimension may be applied prior to the germinating crabgrass seed, but also after the crabgrass germinates. This product provides early post-emergence control of crabgrass if applied prior to the 3-leaf stage of growth. Dimension has been found to suppress, not control, many other grassy weeds such as annual bluegrasss, barnyard grass, goose grass and yellow foxtail. Dimension also suppresses many broadleaf weeds, such as chickweed, oxalis, spotted spurge, purslane, henbit, wood sorrel and many others. Finally, once you decide to apply Dimension, you will not be able to seed again for 10 to 12 weeks. Fall will be the next reasonable time to aggressively seed.
If you do have to seed bare spots or damaged turf areas, consider applying Jonathan Green Crabgrass plus New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer 10-15-10 which contains Tupersan. Tupersan is a crabgrass control product that can be used at the time of seeding. This product is a premium blended granular fertilizer with pre-emergent crabgrass control. The high phosphorus rate promotes healthy seed germination and success while minimizing the threat of crabgrass. The 3.5% Tupersan may be used on newly seeded areas without injury to germinating seed of the following grassy types: bluegrass, fescue, perennial ryegrass, zoysia and some bent grasses.
If you wish to apply a straight pre-emergent without fertilizer, use Jonathan Green Crabgrass & Weed Preventer for Lawns and Landscape areas. This product is a granular crabgrass control as well as having the ability to control other grassy weeds and selected broadleaf weeds with the higher rates of Dimension. Dimension may be applied to not only existing turfgrass, but to ornamental beds as well. You will see this product offers 4-6 months of season-long bed control. For best results, apply Crabgrass & Weed Preventer prior to seedling germination in either turfgrass or ornamental beds. Remember, if you decide to apply Crabgrass & Weed Preventer do not overseed, reseed or sprig for at least 12 weeks after the application.
Jonathan Green is excited to announce a new product, Organic Insect Control. This patented blend of plant oils is environmentally safe, non-toxic and an ideal product to apply when children and pets are a concern. Organic Insect Control kills and repels over 100 insects on contact. The essential plant oils work by blocking specific neural pathways called Octopamine receptors that only exist in insects, with no adverse effect on mammals, birds or fish. Consider using this product from late spring through fall.
If you have not received our Jonathan Green Professional Catalog, call the office and they will place you in contact with your local representative. The catalog is an educational tool. The weed identification chart, the hydro seeding loading chart, the insect identification chart, the fungus identification chart and lastly, our yearly Jonathan Green lawn care monthly application programs are truly a technician’s resource manual. Contact your Jonathan Green representative if you have any questions they are always willing to help you the professional! Best wishes for a prosperous and productive spring.