Spring is the time to control crabgrass and an excellent time to seed. Don't forget the weeds in your garden!
Follow these timely tips for successful results on your lawn and in your garden this Spring!
In most areas, a pre-emergent should be applied on lawns between March 15th and May 15th, depending on where you live. Crabgrass starts to germinate when the soil temperature reaches about 55 degrees. An indicator of when to apply your crabgrass preventer is when the forsythia blooms. For controlling crabgrass, you have three choices:
1. Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer plus Green-Up Lawn Fertilizer - Controls crabgrass and other grassy weeds before AND after they germinate, while feeding your lawn gently for up to 8 weeks. This product also prevents certain broadleaf weeds if applied before they germinate. Apply as the first step in my Annual Lawn Care Program with 4 Easy Steps. DO NOT SEED with this product.
2. Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer plus New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer
- Use if seeding this Spring. Controls crabgrass and provides New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer. You can apply this product on the same day that you sow grass seed.
3. Jonathan Green Organic Weed Control plus Fertilizer
- Safe to use around children and pets! Controls crabgrass and over 20 other grassy and broadleaf weeds organically while feeding your lawn, using the patented technology of Corn Gluten - contains no manures! Apply in spring BEFORE these target weeds germinate. DO NOT SEED with this product.
TIP: Proper mowing of your lawn is an important part of controlling crabgrass. Mowing heights of 2-1/2" to 3-1/2" will keep the desirable lawn grasses strong. If you cut your lawn below these heights, it tends to stress the good turf grass and allows crabgrass to take over, since there is less competition.
If you need to seed this Spring, now is an excellent time to fill in bare spots and re-seed your whole lawn with one of my great grass seed mixtures. What you do for your lawn now is going to help your lawn survive the summer. Bare spots and thin lawns are ideal for crabgrass and weeds to thrive. A thick, healthy lawn will crowd out weeds. Pick a grass seed mixture that suits your specific needs. I personally recommend the Black Beauty Grass Seed Mixture; it is deeply rooted so it will thrive even under drought stress. Black Beauty is also dark green in color and uniform in texture, so it looks as good as Kentucky Bluegrass.
Click here to watch my instructional video on planting grass seed.
Transform your yard this Spring! Trim or
prune any winter damage to your trees and shrubs as soon as possible.
Plant bulbs and bare root roses as soon as the soil has thawed. Once
you have cleared your landscape beds of any debris and existing weeds, apply my Weed Screen to control grassy and broadleaf weeds BEFORE you re-mulch these areas. Use one of my Garden Care products for feeding your hollies, roses, flowers and bulbs.
TIP: Fertilize crocuses, daffodils and other spring blooming bulbs when leaves start sprouting through the soil. It's best to feed them before or during their flowering period, instead of after.
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