May is a wonderful month to celebrate getting outside and enjoying the fresh air, throwing a baseball or Frisbee and having the first picnic of the season. By late spring the cold, wet, spring weather is usually behind us and the grass is growing nicely. If you do not have a good looking lawn now you did not read and follow my suggestions from last month!
Warm weather and spring rains allow Mother Nature to green up our world. Spreading a little fertilizer around the yard helps too. What? You haven’t spread any lawn fertilizer yet? Let’s get going! Did you test your soil this spring? Do you have compacted soil and a lawn full of weeds and have trouble growing grass? Do you think there are four easy applications to a wonderful lawn? Does your lawn need CPR? Now is the time to grow the lawn you always wanted. Let’s face it; you deserve a great lawn after the rough winter we just went through. By focusing on a few key elements like the health of the soil, you will soon be growing a dark-green lawn you can be proud of. Every lawn is unique and any problems you have growing a good lawn needs to be examined individually and carefully. Let’s come up with a plan so you can have a lawn you can enjoy all season long.
First you need to choose the right grass seed. You need to plant Jonathan Green grass seed in all bare spots otherwise weeds will fill in these areas, Mother Nature will make sure of that. Scratch the soil surface vigorously and apply grass seed and New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer. Your newly planted grass seed will emerge must faster with the help of the nutrients in the new seeding fertilizer. What about fertilizing? In late spring you should be applying your second application of lawn fertilizer for healthy growth. The lawn likes to be fertilized a number of times during the growing season of March through October. Why not try an organic lawn fertilizer now, like Natural Beauty or Organic Lawn Fertilizer 8-3-1, which are great to use before summer months?
Usually May brings a warm spell and broadleaf weeds like dandelion and clover emerge quickly. If you just planted new grass seed you cannot control broadleaf weeds at the same time without hurting the new seed. Wait until the new grass seed has germinated and been mowed 2-3 times before applying any broadleaf weed controls like Lawn Weed Control or Weed & Feed. What about crabgrass? Usually you will not see many crabgrass plants emerging in May, but this is a good time to apply Crabgrass & Weed Preventer if you are not seeding. This product contains Dimension which can control crabgrass even after it emerges up to the 3-leaf stage. This late spring application extends your control well into summer months when crabgrass continues to germinate.
Surface feeding insects like fleas, ticks and ants can start to emerge if the weather warms up enough. Be sure to monitor your yard and pets for these insects and apply our new Organic Insect Control if necessary. If you had a history of grubs in the past, monitor your soil closely. Grubs burrow deep in the soil during winter and make their way to the surface in late spring. Grubs are best controlled when they are close to the surface in the top few inches of the soil. Follow an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. Do not apply grub controls until you have properly identified that you have grubs in your lawn. Treating grubs without cause under the assumption that they will eat your whole lawn is costly and not environmentally responsible. If you do see evidence of grubs in your lawn use our Grub Control according to the directions on the bag.
However, if we just talk about killing weeds and bugs to save our lawn, all you may be left with is bare soil! Let’s try to accomplish the main task of growing a great lawn instead of just trying to kill everything. Have a happy May!