We are excited to bring to you a new weekly segment that will help you get your yard ready for the year and keep it beautiful all season long. Check back each week for the new tip!
Tip #4: Weed N Feed
Broadleaf weeds which include dandelions are some of the most pervasive and difficult to control lawn weeds and one of the leading sources of homeowner complaints. Here are a few things you should consider when planning for general broadleaf weed control.
When To Apply Weed Control
Post emergent herbicides act as growth regulators. To work they just need to be absorbed and moved to the site of activity, usually a growing point in the root or leaf. For this reason the best time to apply these products is when broadleaf weeds are actively growing. The more active the growth the better the product will work.
Granular vs Spray Herbicides
Herbicides are absorbed more by foliage than by roots and for this reason the most efficient way to get these products into the weeds is with a foliar spray application. Liquids do come with a few drawbacks though. Proper mixing is essential for good results, spray equipments must be properly maintained and calibrated, and finally you must be very careful to spray under the right conditions as sprays could end up off target if it’s windy.
Granular applications are very effective when done properly and far more convenient for the homeowner. Weed N Feed fertilizers can provide excellent control even when applied to dry weeds, but for the best results most granular products benefit from being applied when there is dew or moisture on the foliage to help the granule stick.
Tip #3: How to Rid Your Sitting Area of Mosquitos and Ticks
Mosquitos and ticks are the most unwanted guests to your holiday cookout. Though there are many products on the market aimed at ridding your yard of these tiny pests, most of them are not natural or safe products. Spraying chemicals on your lawn is not safe for your kids or pets. That’s why using natural products is always a priority at Edward’s Garden Center.
To rid your yard of mosquitos and ticks naturally, we recommend Eco Innovations, Ltd; EcoGuard Plus. Stop by the garden center before your big cookout this weekend to pick some up!
Tip #2: How to Repair Dead Spots in your Lawn
No one wants bare spots in their lawn. They are unsightly and may indicate bigger problems. Unless repaired, bare spots will continue to increase throughout your lawn. After a tough winter, repairing a bare spot is simple and easy.
Bare spots are caused by a number of things. Heavy foot traffic (causing soil compaction), drought, disease, chemical burn, weed or insect infestation or just due to the winter elements.
The best way to repair a dead spot is to start by digging up the area to about a 6 inch depth, breaking up the clumps and loosening the soil. Mix in high grade topsoil or even Michigan Peat to help the newly planted grass get off to a good start. Rake and tamp to firm and level the surface to grade with the surrounding area. Last apply Jonathan Green Lawn Repair and then water the area well. Make sure to never bury grass seed, any more than ¼ of an inch or the seed will rot.
Over the next few weeks, keep the area watered well, and once the grass is established you can begin mowing the patch with the rest of the lawn.
Tip #1: Crabgrass Control or Pre-Emergent Crabgrass Control
Crabgrass is widely considered the most problematic weed in lawns in Northeastern PA today. Crabgrass seeds germinate in the early spring when the temperature of the surface soil rises into the 50’s and 60’s and once the seeds germinate the opportunity for prevention is passed. Applying a pre-emergent (combination fertilizer) early is the key.
Dimenson Herbicide is the most effective and widely used pre-emergent control today. Not only does it kill the crabgrass seeds as they germinate, but also offers early post emergent control. This gives the applicator more of a window to apply the product, which depending on weather conditions, could range anywhere from 2-4 weeks.
Things to remember:
- Watering your lawn after applying crabgrass preventer will help form a protective barrier
- Don’t aerate or heavily rake the lawn after applying pre-emergent. (This will degrade the barrier)
- Pre-emergent prevent seed germination, they should be carefully applied so as to avoid any garden or new growth areas.
For more information on any tips, please stop by and speak with one of our experts in the Wholesale Department.