The best way to get ready for another year of your lawn care program is to come up with an overall plan. This strategy should be based on the last few years of what you liked and what you did not like about how you lawn looked. Education is never lost and if you are not sure what to do or what is going wrong with you lawn start your research now. One of the best ways to accomplish your plan of attack is to attend some spring home and garden shows.
Not sure what that pesky weed is in your lawn that you can never get rid of? Start with the internet and see if you can figure out what it may be. The internet hosts a great deal of information and pictures available to help you identify various weeds, insects or fungus in your lawn.
A weed can be defined as a plant that is growing out of place; somewhere you do not want it to grow such as a rose bush in your driveway, or dandelions in your lawn. You need to know which ones are grassy weeds and which ones are broadleaf weeds for effective control. Grassy weeds have a “grass-like” look to them. They can have broad blades like crabgrass or be fine bladed like annual bluegrass (aka Poa annua), or fuzzy like moss. Which ones do you have? Proper application timing is critical to control weeds and also the correct control products must be used on certain weeds in your yard. Grassy weeds usually are best controlled in early to late spring months with products like our Crabgrass Preventer and Weed Control. Broadleaf weed tend to have some sort of flowering in their life cycle, they are usually best controlled in last spring through early fall months. Try Lawn Weed Control or Weed & Feed to control broadleaf weeds. Most control products do not control both grassy and broadleaf weeds. Be sure you do your research and read the label!
As the weather warms up in late spring insects tend to be emerging. Be sure to determine what insects you are trying to control and its life cycle for proper timing of product applications. Do not just apply a yard-wide application of insect control because you had insects last year. Again be sure to do your research and ask questions like when are the target insects emerging? Am I using the proper control? Is my timing all wrong? Do not apply grub control each year because you are in fear of losing your whole lawn to grubs. If you had grubs last year determine why you had grubs and monitor your lawn to see if they start to appear in late spring and then take a plan of action. A healthy growing stand of grass can tolerate 5-8 grubs per square foot and survive. If grubs are present in your lawn use Grub Control to get rid of them.
Have you had a hard time combating fungus each year? Change your yard environment to reduce fungus pressures in your lawn. Try trimming some trees to let more light and air circulation into certain lawn areas of your property. Consider aerating your lawn to relieve compaction or thatching your lawn to create a better soil profile to grow better grass. Have you been applying fertilizer at the wrong time of year? Try incorporating some organic fertilizers into your lawn like Natural Beauty to help reduce stresses which may cause fungus. Do not assume brown spots on your lawn are from insects or fungus. It is possible the spots are actually being caused due to heat and drought stress.
Lawns can be big and cumbersome, but we want our lawn to be nice and green for our children and pets to play on and have summer picnics. Take the time to research the new approach you want to take this year so you love you lawn, not hate it each year.